Crowder: 'Obviously I don't want to leave Boston'

Crowder: 'Obviously I don't want to leave Boston'

BOSTON -- Jae Crowder wants to stay in Boston and wishes he didn’t get into a Twitter tiff over Celtics fans who cheered for Utah’s Gordon Hayward on Tuesday.
But that’s as far as he’ll go when it comes to regrets from the incident, which has dominated the sports talk landscape since then.
“I was a little angry after the game, obviously,” Crowder told reporters prior to Thursday’s practice. “I said what I had to say. I probably should have left it right there (in the locker room after the game); went on Twitter and said what I had to say and that’s one thing I regret, going back and forth with fans at the time. But it was how I was feeling at the time.”

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During Crowder’s Twitter rant, he alluded to at one point being open to leaving Boston. On Thursday, he clarified his position on the matter.
“Obviously, I don’t want to leave Boston,” Crowder said. “I love it here. The fans have treated me great, no doubt about that. I still stand behind what I said about how I felt disrespected cheering for Gordon Hayward. I’ll live with that. I stand behind that 100 percent as a man.”
And while Hayward was the center of Crowder’s issue, he has had issues with fans cheering on potential free agents like Kevin Durant last year and possible players who may be on the move like Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins.
“I just remember when I got here a couple years ago and we were however many games below .500, the fans cheered for us,” Crowder said. “Not once did they cheer for another player when they came into town. Things have changed since then; I’m aware of that. But that’s never happened in an arena I’ve been in. It’s something different for me that … I don’t like when they cheer for DeMarcus Cousins. I don’t like when they cheer for Kevin Durant. I just don’t think they should do that.”

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6:05 - Mannix discusses details about Kyrie Irving’s ‘minimally invasive’ procedure on his knee and what his level of concern is with A. Sherrod Blakely and Gary Tanguay.

10:03 - Michael Holley and Tom Curran discuss what NFL players, including Devin McCourty, are doing beyond the gridiron by being active in criminal justice reform discussions held at Harvard this week.



Morris getting it done for Celtics on both ends of the floor

Morris getting it done for Celtics on both ends of the floor

When you think about Marcus Morris these days, big-time scoring immediately comes to mind. 

But in Boston’s 105-100 comeback win over Portland, Morris’ contributions went beyond the game-high 30 points he dropped on the Blazers.

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“Coach (Brad Stevens) is doing a great job of getting me the ball in my spots and my teammates are finding me,” Morris told reporters after the win. “And I’m just coming through.”

He’s providing strong play and a tremendous presence at both ends of the floor which has been critical to the team navigating some choppy waters with a number of regular rotation players – namely Kyrie Irving – out with injuries.

“One thing is, he’s healthy,” said Boston’s Al Horford, referring to the sore knee that limited Morris earlier this season and at times forced him to miss games. “And the other is, he’s just more confident, he’s playing very assertive. He’s playing great right now, in a really good rhythm.”

Said Stevens: “That’s been him (Morris). As he’s continued to feel better; I think physically he’s felt as good as he’s felt. He’s comfortable in our system and we need him to score. If you’re a basketball player and your job is to score, that’s a pretty good job.”

And it’s one that even with all the injuries Boston has played through, few envisioned him being such an integral part of the offense. 

Morris’ calling card prior to arriving in Boston was his defense. 

But Morris has made it known that his focus on the floor is to be as complete a player as possible.

“I’m not trying to just limit myself to just being that scorer,” Morris said. “Also, on the defensive end I think I’m bringing it; my defense has gotten a lot better, especially my on-the-ball defense. I’m trying to be that all-around player and not just an offensive player … but I can score.”