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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.

The teammates in question are rookie Jaylen Brown and 3rd year guard Marcus Smart who argued on the bench to the point where veteran guard Avery Bradley had to separate the two before it got ugly.

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.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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The Good, the Better and the Best

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Well if this wasn’t the worst week in Boston Sports history then I don’t what is. Now that I think of it, this month of October has arguably been the worst month ever, for Boston fans. The Sox are done, the Pats are neck-and-neck with the Jets in the AFC East and the Celtics are currently 0-2. There’s just no salvation to be found!

By now, all of us have fully absorbed the magnitude of Gordon Hayward’s injury. And the prognosis will certainly not put a smile on your face, nor will the trajectory of this Celtics team, as they are still searching for their first win. If that’s not frustrating enough for you, Marcus Smart is out for tonight’s game with an ankle injury.

Man, New England is in dire need of a pick-me-up. Have no fear. I am here to answer the call.

Rather than doing another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (where I mostly enumerate the worst things in Boston Sports) let’s do something a little more positive. This city needs a big injection of enthusiasm and I’ve come to provide it.

It’s time for the first ever (and probably only) edition of The Good, the Better and the Best.

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Gordon Hayward Likely Out For Season, Celtics Looking For Answers

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Not a shock, but it is looking like Gordon Hayward‘s season is over.

After the completion of his surgery in Boston on Wednesday night, it was being reported that Hayward would likely miss the entire season with his ankle injury.

According to Hayward’s agent Mark Bartelstein Hayward is unlikely to return this season, but that he is expected to ” make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form.”

Of course, there is the chance he returns in some type of playoff-bound scenario, but that thought has to be a long ways away. For the moment it is important to figure out what this team can do this season without an all-star forward in the mix.

This will mean added pressure to superstar guard Kyrie Irving and the longest tenured Celtic Marcus Smart. Even without Hayward this Celtics team still should be in the top of the Eastern Conference conversation like they were last season. They are essentially last years team now with a better point guard.

There will be an overreliance on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. But if those two young players can pull through you could see a Celtics team that could be set up better over the long haul than if Hayward was healthy.

Unfortunately for Brad Stevens and company the Boston Celtics have opened their campaign 0-2 and will now look to find themselves moving forward.

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The “Green” Lining

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Not to understate the solemnity of Gordon Hayward‘s injury, but the Boston Celtics are going to be just fine.

Saying, that without one player, the C’s are done for presupposes that this team is short on talent. It’s not.

When a newly acquired superstar goes down, it’s hard for fans to manufacture any positivity. Especially when such a thing happens during the first quarter of the season-opener. But let’s try to take a look at the implications of Hayward’s injury, without myopic jumpiness.

The 2017-18 season is very far from over for the Celtics. Gordon Hayward dislocating his ankle did not fracture Boston’s playoff hopes.

There are a few reassuring abstractions to be made from the box score of Tuesday night’s game, in which Hayward suffered the gruesome left leg injury.

Yes, the C’s lost to the Cavs 99-102, but this team passionately competed. And they mustered up the resolve to do so with one of their best players being escorted to the hospital.

This fact alone suggests that there are guys on this team who are willing, and able, to attempt to fill Gordon Hayward’s Nikes.

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