A fun new wrinkle to what’s been a fiery series between the Celtics and Wizards: Avery Bradley apparently told Marcin Gortat that he was going to beat him up.
That’s what Gortat had to say in an interview with EuroSport, anyway.
The interview, which has been translated from Polish to English, contains the following exchange:
[Isaiah] Thomas said after the second game: we do not like them, they do not like us ...
"Which is a popular story with the media. This hostility thing between these two teams looks a bit different, though. We play tougher, but we only care about our own team, while they want to provoke us. Avery Bradley approached me last game and said that if I set one more screen, he’s going to beat me up."
And what was the reply?
"I laughed at him. I advised him to come to come back when he grows up and gains some weight. It really is the Celtics who get excited with this. In other words, they build their unity around their disliking of the Wizards players."
While Gortat and Bradley have not come to blows, emotions have boiled over throughout the series, most notably when three players were ejected from Washington's Game 3 win.