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Grant Williams had a great reaction to Grayson Allen's Summer League antics

Grant Williams had a great reaction to Grayson Allen's Summer League antics

Grayson Allen was back on his instigating act Thursday night in Las Vegas. But Grant Williams wasn't taking the bait.

Allen was ejected from the Memphis Grizzlies' NBA Summer League game against the Boston Celtics after earning two flagrant fouls in short succession, both of which came in dust-ups with Williams.

The Celtics rookie kept his cool, though, walking toward Allen with a smile but declining retaliation after the Grizzlies guard smacked his head to pick up his second flagrant.

Williams also took the high road after the game ... but not before throwing a little jab at Allen.

"(I laughed it off) a little bit,” Williams said. "I joke around because where I grew up is different.

"So I was like, ‘Let me relax and go on and keep playing, just what my team needs.' "

Williams, who was born in Houston but grew up in Charlotte, N.C., finished with 21 points and seven rebounds in Boston's blowout win, while Allen's night ended early in the fourth quarter.

Williams stopped short of bad-mouthing the former Duke star, though.

"He’s a competitor," Williams said of Allen. “Don’t take anything personally. I’ve always thought of it as you wind up in the game, things like that happen. So you respect him, he’s a talented player.

"He’s a guy who did really great things at Duke, he’s good friends with a couple of my friends, so I didn’t take it personally. It was just a matter of competing on the court."

The Celtics are 4-0 entering the Summer League playoffs, where they'll face Allen's Grizzlies again Saturday in the quarterfinals.

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Celtics' Marcus Smart participates in peaceful protest in Boston

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Celtics' Marcus Smart participates in peaceful protest in Boston

Just as his Boston Celtics teammate Jaylen Brown did Saturday in Atlanta, Marcus Smart participated in a peaceful protest Sunday in Boston in the wake of George Floyd's death.

The C's guard was joined by teammate Vincent Poirier and countless others to protest the racial injustices that remain prevalent in the United States of America. Smart talked to NBC Sports Boston's Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely and delivered a message capturing why he and so many others are letting their voices be heard.

"We wanted to come out here and let our voice be heard because we stand for the truth, and we stand for justice," Smart told Blakely. "And we won't stop until we get justice. That's really what this is about.

"I just want to say to everyone who thinks this is something more than it is, it's not. Despite color and gender, the truth is the truth, justice is justice, and justice hasn't been served. And people are pissed off about it, so we're here to keep George Floyd's name alive and keep it going and his legacy. Something has to change, and we're here to try to make a change."

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Smart also tweeted out the following message on Sunday:

Smart, Brown, Poirier, and the other high-profile individuals using their platform to peacefully send their message deserve a tremendous amount of credit for their leadership. There's no doubt they're making the Celtics, the city of Boston, and the rest of the country proud.

Celtics' Jaylen Brown participates in peaceful protest in Atlanta

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Celtics' Jaylen Brown participates in peaceful protest in Atlanta

BOSTON -- The death of George Floyd in Minnesota after ex-police officer Derek Chauvin planted his knee firmly on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, 46 seconds, has brought many throughout the country to protest the rising number of police brutality-related incidents. 

You can count Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown among them. 

Brown was in Atlanta on Saturday participating in a peaceful protest and explained why through his IG Live account why he made the 15-hour drive to be there. 

“Being a celebrity, being an NBA player doesn’t exclude me from those conversations, at all,” Brown said. “First and foremost I’m a black man and I am a member of this community and I grew up on this soil. So, I want to say that first and foremost.”

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Brown was among those in Atlanta walking the streets with signage, making a statement in an undeniably peaceful manner which was in contrast to what was happening in other major cities across America. 

“It’s a peaceful protest; we’re walking, that’s it,” he said. “Raising awareness to some of the injustices we’ve been seeing. It’s not OK. As a young person, you have to listen to our perspective; our voices need to be heard.

Brown added, “I’m 23 years old. I don’t know all the answers. But I feel like how everybody else is feeling, for sure.”