Things got testy at the Boston Celtics bench during Thursday's road game against the Miami Heat, as young star Jaylen Brown and veteran Marcus Morris needed to be separate during a break.
Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris had to get separated during a timeout...— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 11, 2019
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Miami defeated the surging Celtics 115-99, as Brown and company struggled to get into a rhythm offensively throughout the night. With the loss, Boston fell to 25-16 on the season, while the Heat are at the .500 mark again at 20-20.
According to Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal, a source said the Brown-Morris argument stemmed from the failure to execute a layup during a 3-on-2 break. Brown missed an easy layup, then Gordon Hayward failed to score in close. Brown got the ball and tried scoring again, but he was stuffed by Derrick Jones Jr. of the Heat.
Morris was angry at Brown for not getting back on defense quickly enough, allowing Jones to score the easy layup, per Robb. That frustrated the veteran Morris, which led to the heated argument with Brown on the bench.
The 29-year-old Morris was one of Boston's top scorers on the night, finishing with 17 points and six rebounds. Brown struggled all around and finished with just two points and a couple of rebounds, missing four of his five field attempts.
Morris is third in team scoring for the Celtics on the season at 15.5 points per game, while Brown ranks fourth with 12 per contest. The Celtics had a four-game winning streak end in South Beach on Friday, and they have two more road games before returning home to play the Toronto Raptors next Wednesday.
What This Means
Both Brown and Morris are key contributors on the Celtics, and there's no reason to read too far into this incident. Players simply get frustrated with each other, and it was just a poor effort by the Celtics on Thursday. Morris and Brown have surely put it in the past by now, as they prepare to finish up the short three-game road trip.