‘They Don’t Want To Pass’: Smart Calls Out Celtics Teammates Brown And Tatum

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Marcus Smart chastised his two star teammates for selfish play after the Celtics blew a 19-point second-half lead and lost 128-114 to the visiting Chicago Bulls on Monday.

“Every team knows we’re trying to go to Jayson [Tatum] and Jaylen [Brown],” Smart said postgame. “Every team is programmed and studied to stop Jayson and Jaylen. I think everybody’s scouting report is to make those guys pass the ball. They don’t want to pass the ball.”

According to several media accounts, Brown and Tatum denied interview requests following the game. They each had three assists in the game, but Smart only had one. Brown led Boston with 28 points, making 10 of his 18 attempts from the field. Tatum scored 20 points on eight of his 22 attempts. Smart scored 16 points on five of 11 shots.

As Chicago defeated Boston 39-11 in the fourth quarter, Tatum shot one-for-eight for two points, Smart was one-for-two for two points, and Brown was zero-for-two for no points.

“They’re still learning,” Smart said of his teammates. “We’re proud of the progress they’re making, but they’re going to have to make another step and find ways to not only create for themselves but create for others on this team to open up the court for them later down in the game.

source : guardian sport

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