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Boston Celtics – NBA – Marcus Smart – Jayson Tatum – Jaylen Brown

It was an ugly beginning for the Boston Celtics. They lost their start three games at home and were staring at a 2-5 tape. They rode a three-game losing streak into a three-game road trip afterwards a humiliating habitation loss to the Chicago Bulls when they blew a 19-signal lead in the third quarter and lost by 14.

That’due south when Marcus Smart stepped in with a controversial comment. The Celtics baby-sit publicly called out the two stars of the team — Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown — and it might just be what they needed.

Frustrated Marcus Smart blasted the Boston Celtics and called out Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Dark-brown afterward an ugly loss

Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics celebrates during the second half of the game against the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden on November 10, 2021, in Boston, Massachusetts. | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The effort of the Celtics had been in question after just two games this season. Later getting embarrassed past the Toronto Raptors at home, Tatum admitted the Celtics failed to friction match the intensity level of the Raptors.

“We know why we lost,” Tatum said, according to Mass Live. “They only played harder than we did, played tougher. Information technology wasn’t rocket scientific discipline. We’re all professionals. We’re all adults. We understood what had happened.”

It was after their third straight loss at home when Smart came right out with no filter.

“Every team knows we’re trying to go to Jayson and Jaylen,” he said postgame, according to CLNS Media. “Every team is programmed and studied to stop Jayson and Jaylen. I think everybody’s scouting report is to brand those guys pass the ball. They don’t desire to pass the brawl.”

He continued.

“At that place’southward merely and then much I can exercise without the ball in my hands and just stand in the corner,” Smart said. “We’re running plays for our best players and every team knows that. They practice a great task of shutting that down. When they close that downward, we can’t keep trying to go to those guys.

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“Like I said, for me, I can but practise then much standing in the corner.”

After Smart called out Tatum and Dark-brown, the Celtics went on a iii-game route trip, winning the first 2. They won on sequent nights, putting in tremendous defensive efforts in a 92-79 win at the Orlando Magic and a 95-78 victory at the Miami Heat.

The lone loss of the trip came at the Dallas Mavericks as Luka Doncic knocked downwards a long 3-pointer at the cablegram in a 107-104 win. Boston then earned its first home win with a convincing 104-88 victory confronting the Raptors.

Smart’south comments may accept angered some, but they may have too lit a fire under the squad. Center Robert Williams said that the veterans on the team have been setting up more team gatherings and team dinners.

“We’re a alliance, right? Let’due south show nosotros are brothers,” Williams said, NBA reporter Keith Smith reported via Twitter.

Whatsoever the Celtics are doing recently is working. And it all may have been jump-started by an ill-advised comment from Smart.

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