Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he’s “not worried” about the scuffle between Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris during Thursday night’s game against the Miami Heat.
Ainge told the Boston Globe‘s Adam Himmelsbach he hasn’t talked with either player about the situation and doesn’t feel the need to intervene.
“It’s two good kids that are competitive,” Ainge told the Globe. “They both want the same thing. Emotions happen in games.”
The incident, which unfolded in the second quarter of a 115-99 loss in Miami, appeared to stem from a sequence in which Brown missed multiple shots near the rim and then failed to hustle back on defense. An Instagram video captured by a fan shows Morris clapping his hands at Brown in frustration and shoving him. Ainge said Brown’s decision not to get back on defense is more of a problem than the shove itself.
“It’s something where those things happen to best friends even,” Ainge told the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett. “Heck, I remember those things happening to [Rajon] Rondo and Perk [Kendrick Perkins]. You know, they’re best buddies, but it’s just the heat of the battle, and I didn’t have a second thought about it.”
Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris had to get separated during a timeout…
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