Morning sports update: Marcus Smart had a postgame message for the Celtics after another disappointing loss

Also: Mookie Betts, Paul Pierce and the latest on the Patriots.

Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart during the second half of a loss against the Nuggets on Nov. 5. –AP Photo/David Zalubowski

The Celtics and Patriots both lost on Sunday, while the Bruins found victory at TD Garden agains the Golden Knights.

The 7-3 Patriots now head into their bye week, resuming play on Nov. 25 against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Marcus Smart sounds off after another Celtics loss: After suffering their fourth loss in five games, the Celtics are now an unexpectedly mediocre 7-6. This didn’t sit well with Marcus Smart, who let his teammates know his level of frustration after Sunday’s loss in Portland.

“Smarty is an emotional guy,” Marcus Morris told The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach. “What he said was real. He said we’ve got to fix this [expletive]. He said, ‘It’s not OK. It’s not OK. We need to fix it.’ And I agree with him, 100 percent.”


Boston was a preseason favorite to emerge out of the Eastern Conference, but has yet to fully live up to expectations.

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“I’m good right now,” Pierce told a TMZ reporter.

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