Boston Celtics Players Marcus Smart And Jaylen Brown Get Into Verbal Argument During Game
The Boston Celtics defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves inside the friendly confines of TD Garden on Wednesday to a final score of 117-104. Despite the win it wasn’t all sunshine and daisies as the Celtics had two members of their team go at each other during a timeout.
Take a look for yourself in the video below:
CSNNE analyst and former Boston Celtics player Brian Scalabrine suggested the argument might have happened because Brown cut a play short to drive baseline for a layup attempt. In the video, it’s clear the play had an option for Smart, coming around two screens, to catch the ball near the top of the arc for a pick-and-roll opportunity. Instead of waiting for that action to unfold, Brown took off to the baseline and ultimately missed a short, driving attempt.
That could be what set Smart off, but earlier in the same minute, similar circumstances occurred. After the Celtics ran a post-up set for Smart, Brown declined to wait to find his teammate on the low block. Instead, Brown quickly swung the ball to the top of the key, where Terry Rozier initiated a pick-and-roll with Al Horford.
Brown is a rookie who has improved immensely throughout the course of the year so instances like this can be forgiven if he learns from them. Smart on the other hand is still only 22-years-old but has been in the league for the last three seasons and has enough experience at this point to be able to tell his rookie teammate what he is doing wrong.
Visually you can see what set Smart off and he certainly was within his right to tell Brown what he did wrong, maybe it got a bit out of hand, but it is better for Jaylen to learn these lessons now than in the playoffs when a rushed shot could cost the Boston Celtics a game or a series potentially.