Report: Brad Stevens held meeting with Celtics leaders to clear air
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens (right) celebrates with guard Kemba Walker (8) during overtime in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Emotions boiled over for the Boston Celtics following their collapse against the Miami Heat on Thursday night, but head coach Brad Stevens is doing what he can to get the team focused for Game 3.

Marcus Smart was heard by several reporters “screaming” at teammates after the Celtics blew a 17-point lead in Game 2. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Stevens met with Smart and Celtics leaders Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown late Thursday night in an attempt to clear the air.

The Celtics choked away a 17-point lead in Game 2 after blowing a 14-point lead in Game 1, so you can understand why tensions were high. Smart is the emotional leader of the team, and he and Brown reportedly needed to be separated in the locker room.

If the Celtics can harness their anger in Game 3, they still have a chance in the series. The ugly locker room scene shows how much they care about winning.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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