Late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s 92-91 loss to the Hawks at TD Garden, starting Celtics forwards Jeff Green and Brandon Bass engaged in a verbal altercation on the bench, where both remained while coach Brad Stevens elected to play his second unit.
Stevens downplayed the altercation and said it had no influence whatsoever on his decision not to play them in the final quarter. Stevens said he simply felt more comfortable playing members of the second unit because they had been playing well while members of the starting unit were struggling.
“Disagreements are part of the game, it’s part of team basketball, but how quickly you move on from there says a lot,” Stevens added. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.