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    Brad Stevens holds meeting with Smart, Brown other players to ease tensions

    Sep 19, 2020
    PHOTO: AP

    BRAD Stevens met with Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker and other players to ease tensions after the Boston Celtics’ emotional loss to the Miami Heat, according to reports.

    The fifth-seeded Heat moved two games ahead of East No. 3 Celtics in the conference finals and emotions ran high, and Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown reportedly had to be separated as a shouting match broke out.

    Boston wasted a big lead, getting overpowered in the third period on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

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    Stevens got the team leaders together, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, in the hotel late to talk about the issues — aside from the yelling, objects were reportedly thrown around inside the heated locker room.

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    Walker had downplayed the incident in a post-match interview, saying: "It was nothing … It was nothing."

    Game Three is on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).

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    The struggling Celtics hope to get a lift from Gordon Hayward, who has been out for a month but has been listed questionable for Game Three.

    Hayward suffered a severe right ankle sprain in Boston's Game One win over Philadelphia in their first-round playoff series.

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