Following a disappointing Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, one Boston Celtics player let the team know about themselves.
The Boston Celtics needed a Game 2 victory and they looked to be on their way to tying up the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat leading by as many as 17 points.
Instead, the Celtics blew another big lead to go down 0-2 in the series and Marcus Smart is one player who is heated.
Following the 106-101 loss to the Jimmy Butler and the Heat, tempers reportedly flared in the Celtics locker room following the game. In the middle of that was Smart, who played his heart out in the game and was obviously frustrated that his team was outscored by 20 points in the third quarter in route to blowing a 17-point lead.
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Unacceptable, obviously frustrating. But, if there is any player the Boston Celtics want to go to battle with, it is Marcus Smart who reportedly let his teammates know that they were “on that bulls—” after allowing a less talented Miami team steal another one.
With their backs against the wall, the outburst from one of their more emotional and passionate players may be what the team needs to dig themselves out of an 0-2 hole.
When asked about the arguing and flared tempers, Jaylen Brown applauded his teammate, supporting Marcus Smart for the pure passion he has for the game and for playing winning basketball.
"“That’s why we love him,” Brown said, as transcribed by Masslive.com. “He plays with passion, he’s full of fire, and that’s what I love about him most to be honest. He has that desire and that will, and we need him to continue to have that. …Who Marcus is, I love him for it. We’ve got to get ready to come back with that same fire and add it to Game 3.”"
Marcus Smart playing his heart out
Following a 26-point performance in Game 1, Marcus Smart added 14 points in Game 2, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Miami Heat team down, which has to be frustrating for a Boston Celtics team who has dominated most of both games, but still find themselves down 0-2.
With Kemba Walker bouncing back with a 23-point performance and both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown adding 21 points each, the Boston Celtics just seem to be missing something when it comes to extinguishing the Heat in these games.
Whatever it is, they need to find it fast or they will find themselves heading home from the NBA Orlando bubble.
If it is passion alone, Marcus Smart has enough to propel his team and perhaps his outburst was letting his teammates know they have to match his passion because that Miami Heat team has it big time. That is something else Jaylen Brown recognized as a key to getting back in this series.
"“I think it’s a beauty to it,” Brown said about the team’s execution and overall passion being key. “A lot of people are passionate and emotional, and I’m one of those people. I recognize it as that. I recognize it as emotion and passion and I don’t recognize it as nothing else the media might see it or whatever. That’s all it is. It’s passion that’s being expressed. We’ve got to express that same passion for 48 minutes. Period.”"
It may just take being down 0-2 and losing the way they have for this Boston Celtics team to put it all together. One thing is for sure, Marcus Smart is one player who isn’t going to allow his team to go down without a fight.