After the Celtics’ meltdown, Marcus Smart was put on blast by the Celtics’ champion.
The Boston Celtics haven’t had the best start to the 2021-22 NBA season. With a 2-5 record after seven games, the Cs are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. The club lost their third consecutive game on Monday night, succumbing to a fourth-quarter collapse that saw Boston blow a 19-point lead against the Chicago Bulls.
While Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown chose not to talk with the media after the loss, Marcus Smart, the team’s starting point guard, did. Smart, visibly furious, used his media time to criticize the All-Star duo’s performance, blaming Tatum and Brown for Boston’s dreadful 11-point fourth-quarter performance — a choice that irritated former Celtics champion Kendrick Perkins.
On Tuesday’s episode of ESPN’s First Take, Perkins remarked, “Marcus Smart has lost his freaking mind.”
“There are certain things you know as a player that you can’t come out and do or say in an interview, and those are one of them,” Perkins declared. “You can’t go to the media and tell your two franchise players that they need to pass the ball. Not only are you targeting them, but you’re also attacking Ime Udoka, the first-year head coach who is just getting his toes in the sand and trying to figure things out.”
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Smart is irritated by Boston’s slow offense and the two Blue Jays’ unwillingness to pass the ball.
“I just want to play basketball,” Smart remarked after the 128-114 defeat. “Every team is aware that we are attempting to locate Jayson and Jaylen, and every team is trained and prepared to stop them.” Everyone’s scouting report, I believe, is to force those guys to try to pass the ball. They don’t want to pass the ball, and they’re going to have to learn that.”
Perkins, on the other hand, has no problem with Tatum and Brown dominating the basketball court. In fact, he likes the concept. The former 14-year veteran, on the other hand, has a problem with Smart’s willingness to air his grievances in public.
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