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Celtics player upset with Boston fans cheering for opponent

Celtics player upset with Boston fans cheering for opponent

Once upon a time, much was made about Wizards fans cheering for Kevin Durant when he visited Washington as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is from D.C., was an impending free agent and has traditionally been very popular in the area. But cheering for him, to some, crossed a line. Durant himself mentioned it and even John Wall echoed those ideas.

It all came full circle when Wall told CSN this past summer that Durant not visiting Washington may have had something to do with the fans cheering for opposing players. Durant did visit with Boston and at one point praised their supportive fanbase.

Well, well, well. Look what we have here now. Apparently, it is also a problem in Boston. The Jazz were in town on Tuesday and some fans cheered for Utah small forward Gordan Hayward, a guy who many have tied to the Celtics and this summer's free agency, as his college coach Brad Stevens currently coaches the Celtics. 

Those fans applauding Hayward did not sit well at all with Celtics forward Jae Crowder. First, he tweeted this:

Then, he said this in the locker room after the game:

“I heard the cheering before the game. I didn’t like that at all. I think that was a sign of disrespect to me from the fans. That sparked a little fire in me.”

When Durant and Wall made those comments, the suggestion was that the same thing wouldn't happen in other cities, that it was unique to Washington. Guess not.

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Kevin Durant gives his NBA Finals predictions

Kevin Durant gives his NBA Finals predictions

While a number of teams are fighting to be the favorite heading into the NBA Playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers picked up a key endorsement from Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant.

When asked who he thought will win it all this year, Durant chose the Clippers defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals and upsetting the No. 1 seed Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. 

"They're just so deep," Durant said of the Clippers on “Play For Keeps” podcast. "They haven't had their whole team together at once for a long period of time yet, and that talent is just undeniable. When you have [Paul George] and Kawhi [Leonard] at the wings, that's what you need to win is wings. You got those two at the wings, arguably top three, top four at the wing position on one team."

So far in Orlando, the Clippers have gone 1-2 after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans and falling to the Lakers and Phoenix Suns. As of now, they hold the two-seed in the Western Conference playoff picture and would face the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. However, they are currently just a half a game ahead of the Denver Nuggets with five seeding games remaining.

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The Lakers clinched the one-seed last week and are up six games in the standings over their cross-town rivals.

ESPN’s playoff odds gave the Clippers a 10% chance of winning it all. They ranked third behind the Bucks with a 49.7% chance and the Lakers at 18.7%. 

Durant chose Los Angeles over his own team, the Brooklyn Nets, who are also in a good position to make the playoffs as the current seven-seed in the East Conference. However, the Nets are playing in Orlando without eight players including a number of starters like Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie and Durant, who missed the entire regular season after tearing his Achilles during the 2019 NBA Finals.

If his team retains the seven-seed heading into the playoffs, they would likely face the Toronto Raptors, who Durant projected would fall to Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference Finals.

But regardless of seeding, Durant acknowledged it’s still anyone’s game.

“I hate doing that s---,” he said about predicting a winner. “You never know what could happen – you seen that with us last year.”

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Bubble Talk: NBA bubble's biggest surprises after week one

Bubble Talk: NBA bubble's biggest surprises after week one

Each week, Nick Ashooh and Wes Hall look at the biggest storylines going on in the NBA bubble in Orlando. Since they can't do it in person, we bring you their actual chat:

NICK: Well, we're about a week into the NBA bubble, Wes. At least real games that is. I gotta say, I thought we'd have one or two surprises, but man there's been a ton of guys out there really upping their 2K ratings

WES: This thing has me thrown in so many directions. The Lakers are mailing it in, the Rockets only want to shoot threes, and the Suns don't know they're supposed to lose. LOL

NICK: Okay, who stood out to you so far? To me, Michael Porter Jr. is clearly gonna be a star.  Injuries aside, he was considered a potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and the Nuggets' gamble is paying off. He's about to surpass Jamal Murray as their second-best player. 

WES: MPJ is legit, indeed. What I'm most surprised by is the whacky minutes restriction on Zion Williamson! He's had four months off. What are they waiting for?

NICK: This will be Zion's career. It's frustrating but we need to be realistic. They had to work him back into game shape after leaving the bubble on top of all the time off. He's such a unique talent but being so unique no one really knows how to put him in the right position to succeed yet. I wonder how long before he starts to get frustrated with the Pelicans over all these limits too.  

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WES: My ultimate hope is they don't stifle his growth by NOT allowing him to go 100 miles per hour. He needs to slim down just a tad and he needs to get and stay in basketball shape. Regardless of his conditioning, will the Pelicans make the playoffs?

NICK: Nope. I'm going with Portland for that last spot. Jusuf Nurkic has stepped back in and been huge, not to mention Gary Trent Jr. averaging 18 points per game just makes them better. Trent becoming a big scoring threat off the bench is an added bonus to a team that made the Western Conference Finals last year but have been a huge disappointment this year. 

WES: Portland has found the weaknesses of a lot of teams...fatigue. After the Blazers struggled in the regular season, they found a way to lean on veteran leadership to navigate them back to competitive basketball. Another surprise has been the Phoenix Suns. Did someone forget to tell Devin Booker that they aren't supposed to win these games?

NICK: You know I love Devin Booker so this is so great to watch. That team has a nice young core and I like Monty Williams as their head coach. I told you there would be at least one team playing with house money and it's them. Those kids don't care. The Suns fear no one and heard everyone say they shouldn't be in Orlando. 

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WES: RIGHT?! They have no fear and it's glorious to watch. It makes me wonder what would happen if the Wizards could play spoiler like the Suns. Obviously the Wizards are down three of their top players but imagine the shock they would present to the league by stealing a game or two. Rui Hachimura, Troy Brown Jr., and the other young guys could really use that boost!

NICK: The fact that you didn't mention Jerome Robinson is just wrong. He's been their biggest surprise, although I hate to call him a surprise given he was a lottery pick two years ago. I loved that Tommy Sheppard snagged him before the deadline. Robinson is starting to find his shot again and he's gonna play a big role for this team moving forward. He just didn't get any time with the Clippers. 

WES: Robinson is definitely a surprise for the Wiz and so is Shabazz Napier. Although neither has been consistent in the performances, they both have shown they have what it takes to play in this league, and at a high level. The next test for the Wizards is the Pelicans. This one may be the best head-to-head matchup we see for the Wizards in the bubble.

NICK: Of course the other test is how long they actually play Zion. Either way, the bubble has been fun so far. Seeing all these breakout performances, and we didn't even mention T.J. Warren, there's bound to be some players who come out of this much better getting into next season. 

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