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Wizards’ Otto Porter: Celtics try to play dirty

Jae Crowder and John Wall were at the center of last night’s Celtics-Wizards dustup – the latest in confrontation and physicality between these teams.

Washington forward Otto Porter, who was off the floor before tensions boiled over, says Boston tries to cross the line.

Porter, via CSN Mid-Atlantic:

They’re a physical team. They try to play dirty. They try to take you out your game.

“Try to play dirty” – is that just Porter’s wording, or is he insinuating the Celtics can’t even successfully play dirty? My guess is the former, but the latter would be a nice sneak diss.

Boston has several gritty players – including Marcus Smart, Crowder and Isaiah Thomas – who walk the dirty/aggressive line. Do they sometimes cross it? Yes, especially Smart. But this is not an overall dirty team. Several teams occasionally cross the line without it forming their identity.