Stevens has talk with Crowder after Twitter rant

Stevens has talk with Crowder after Twitter rant

BOSTON -- Less than 24 hours after venting at fans for cheering on an opponent, Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder is apparently remorseful for the incident.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens, speaking to Zolak & Bertrand on 98.5 the Sports Hub Wednesday, addressed the comments made by Crowder to reporters after the game as well as via social media.
“I was somewhat surprised to read what he said and tweeted,” Stevens said. “I told him that this morning because, every day that he comes in, you can tell that he’s thankful to be a Celtic and every time we have that talk about how you represent Boston as an athlete and how tough you have to be to be well-liked here, I always thought Jae represented the best of that.”
Stevens revealed more about his talk with Crowder this morning.
“The first thing he said was, obviously, he wished he didn’t express himself like that,” Stevens said. “But we talk all the time about embracing the expectations of being an athlete here in Boston because I do think this city is such a tremendous sports town and offers our guys such an opportunity to grow and feel those banners above us, feel the expectations of being a team-first player then playing as hard as you can.
Stevens added, “A lot of our guys have embraced that. I don’t know that anybody has embraced it as much as Jae over the last few years.”
While that may be true, there’s no denying that there are some fences that need to be mended in what seemed such a strong player-fan relationship.
Crowder, a second round pick coming out of Marquette, was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks and traded to Boston as part of the Rajon Rondo deal in 2014.
Of the players involved in the deal outside of Rondo, Crowder was the least heralded of the bunch.
But in the months since the deal, Crowder has distinguished himself as a blue-collar talent whose game has continued to grow and expand before our very eyes.
After averaging a career-high 14.2 points last season, his scoring has taken a slight dip (13.3 points) this season but he has clearly become a more efficient scorer who on most nights is the Celtics’ fourth option offensively behind Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Al Horford.
He’s shooting a career-high 48.8 percent from the field and 43.0 percent on 3-pointers along with 87.9 percent from the free throw line.
And on Tuesday, Crowder used what he felt was a slight by fans who were cheering for Gordon Hayward, to deliver in the areas that matter most – making impact plays and winning the game.
Hayward had 23 points, but most of them that had very little impact on the game’s outcome. Meanwhile, Crowder had 21 points which included 5-for-6 from 3-point range. Crowder’s scoring including a 3-pointer in the third quarter that capped off a 10-1 Celtics run which put Boston ahead 83-66 against the Jazz.

Greg Monroe looks comfortable as bigger offensive focal point

Greg Monroe looks comfortable as bigger offensive focal point

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum dropped 23 points, snatched 11 rebounds and Boston’s injury-riddled roster squeaked out a 100-99 upset win over Oklahoma City.

It was a good game for Tatum, but teammate Marcus Morris wasn’t moved one bit by Tatum’s historical performance.

“Now it’s not. … I’m not even impressed no more,” Morris said. “It’s to the point where I know what he’s going to bring, I know what he’s capable of. So it’s more like, I expect that now just being around, watching him play day-in and day-out, practicing with him.”

Teammates agree that the 20-year-old Tatum is growing up right before our eyes.

“With Jaylen and Kyrie being out, he’s looking to be more aggressive,” said Boston’s Al Horford. “Everybody is going to talk about offense, but on the defensive end he didn’t have an easy matchup, going against Paul George. I felt like he did a great job.”

Here are five other takeaways from Boston’s 100-99 comeback win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Boston’s second unit is still getting the job done even as injuries rob it of its core group that includes Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier who are now both starters. The Celtics’ new-look second unit was still impactful in Boston’s 100-99 squeaker past the Oklahoma City Thunder. Against the Thunder, Boston’s bench outscored Oklahoma City 35-10.


The big man continues to come up big for the Boston Celtics off the bench. Injuries have forced other key reserves into the starting lineup which has led to Monroe becoming an even bigger focal point offensively when he’s on the floor. Against the Thunder, he had 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting with six rebounds.


You never really know what you’re going to get from the Boston Celtics when it comes to rebounding the basketball. Well, Tuesdaynight was the good rebounding Celtics whose ability to control the glass was a huge factor in the victory as Boston out-rebounded Oklahoma City 52-44.


Remember how Marcus Smart would struggle to make shots, and still play major minutes and still make a meaningful impact? Well, Semi Ojeleye had that kind of game for the Celtics. The 6-foot-6 rookie missed all six of his field goal attempts, but showed some serious versatility against the Thunder with defensive stints on each of Oklahoma City’s Big Three of Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Russell Westbrook.


Marcus Morris made the game-winner and Jayson Tatum was as strong on the floor as we’ve ever seen him. But arguably the biggest X-factor in Boston’s win was the play of Larkin. His ability to control the flow of the game, getting his teammates in and out of sets was critical to the win, as was his offense. For the game, Larking had 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field.

NBA: Congrats to the Celtics on the win, but they for sure should not have won

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NBA: Congrats to the Celtics on the win, but they for sure should not have won

The NBA officials' Last Two Minute report for Tuesday is out, and boy did the Celtics get away with one!

The league admitted to missing two infractions -- both committed by Marcus Morris -- on the possession on which Morris hit a game-winning three-pointer against the Thunder. 

The C's began the possession with Morris inbounding the ball, but a stopwatch revealed to the league that Morris did not release the ball within the five seconds allotted on an inbounding play. Had the correct call been made, the ball would have been turned over to the Thunder, who at the time held a two-point lead with 7.7 seconds remaining. 

Furthermore, video replay led the league to determine that Morris traveled prior to taking the shot. The video evidence that suggested this was that Morris was wearing an NBA jersey in the video, but also he moved his pivot foot prior to the release of his dribble. That call would have also given the Thunder the ball. 

What these nerds didn't consider is that the basketball gods have more power than their stopwatches. What a win.