Two Celtics players had to be separated after getting into a heated altercation during a timeout in Thursday’s 115-99 blowout loss to the Heat.
Former lottery pick Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris were caught on a fan’s video getting into each other’s faces during a Celtics timeout in the second quarter. It appears Morris shoved Brown with his right arm before the two were separated by teammate Marcus Smart.
NBC Sports reported that Morris was upset with Brown’s hustle during the quarter, though it’s unclear if that’s what sparked the altercation.
Morris finished with 17 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes, while Brown was just 1-of-5 from the field for two points.
The Celtics have won seven out of 10 and are 25-16, but that still falls below the lofty expectations they had before the season. The players recently had a team meeting that Kyrie Irving said he believed helped them clear the air.
“We could pinpoint a lot of turning points,” Irving said, via ESPN.com, following Wednesday’s 135-108 win over the Pacers. “We just want to build that chemistry first. Just getting with one another, really put everything out there and then move on from that point.
“At that point, playing against Milwaukee, we weren’t at rock bottom, but we needed to address some [expletive] in this locker room. It’s just good to get stuff out in the air. As grown men and guys that have expectations for themselves, it was good to hear guys talk about what they wanted for themselves and what they wanted for this team.”
Apparently, there are still some issues to be worked out.