Boston Celtics player Marcus Smart calls out teammates Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown for failing to pass the ball after third straight loss.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown may be stars in Boston, but they’re not the only stars in the Celtics constellation.
That’s something that Marcus Smart sharply reminded his teammates in a biting press conference response that singled out the higher-profile stars in Boston after the Celtics suffered a tough loss while blowing a sizeable lead.
To Smart’s point, a predictable offense is much easier to defeat, no matter the offensive prowess of Tatum and Brown.
Smart shared his perspective after the Celtics were handed their third straight loss in a 128-114 battle against the Chicago Bulls. While Brown and Tatum combined for 48 points, they were unable to topple the Bulls when the Chicago team overcome a 19-point deficit that won them the game.
The Celtics entered the fourth quarter with a 103-89 lead, but the Bulls climbed back as they held Tatum and Brown to a combined two points.
Celtics’ Marcus Smart has sharp words for teammates Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown
Smart (27) is hardly much more of a veteran than Brown (25) and Tatum (23) but his experience and insight does hold some weight, particularly with his prowess as a defensive-minded player.
With that said, some believe that the criticism gives Tatum and Brown an unfair reputation: game footage shows the two teammates endeavored to pass, but their teammates didn’t make successful shots.
Whether it’s accurate gameplay analysis or frustration at not seeing the ball, Smart reinforces a point that every basketball player knows all too well. No one wants to play with a ball hog, especially one (or two) who doesn’t deliver the win.