John Wall brushes off postgame incident with Jae Crowder as ‘just some altercation’
|01.12.17 at 12:48 am ET|
On a night that Floyd Mayweather was courtside, it was only appropriate that Wednesday’s Celtics-Wizards game ended with a fight.
As the players were filing off the court in the wake of Boston’s 117-108 win, the banged up John Wall crossed paths with Jae Crowder. The Celtics forward started talking to Wall, who took exception. Crowder pointed his finger in Wall’s face and the two teams started pushing and shoving, a melee that spilled into the tunnel leading to the locker rooms behind the Wizards bench.
“Just some altercation,” Wall said when asked about it. “We knew there was going to be some trash talking. We knew it was going to be a physical game. That’s all it was. Just a little trash talking and a physical game.
“My right pinky is messed up and my left wrist is swollen. I’ll probably get an X-Ray and see what’s wrong with it. I knew it was hurting. I knew it was painful before the game. It was a big game for us. I just tried to come out and play through it and the results came out how it was.”
Brad Stevens said he didn’t see it but heard about it and reminded his players what was expected in terms of behavior.
“I heard what was going on in the tunnel. All I did was walk out. There were only two guys that were walking in from the court from our team, and I just said, ‘Get in the locker room.’ And then I talked to the team about what we represent and that’s it,” Stevens said. “I don’t know what happened. I have no idea – I haven’t asked yet. I’ll find out after I get back to the locker room.”
Crowder admitted it was a challenge to keep his cool in a game with such high intensity.
“It was a good fight,” Crowder said. “It was a good fight. Both teams coming off a back-to-back. So the effort was truly there, and it was two teams playing hard.”
Crowder said he and the Celtics were very aware the referees were allowing a physical game.
“We talked about that at halftime,” Crowder added. “The refs weren’t calling it tight, so we were able to get up into guys and play a little physical. And that’s what happened.”
You don’t stick your finger in another man’s face. Period.
And John Wall certainly ain’t that guy, Jae Crowder. pic.twitter.com/pdnb2zXCtr
— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) January 12, 2017
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