Randy Wittman added some clarity to comments made by Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder, who accused him of directing profanities toward him late in the fourth quarter of a game Saturday that the Wizards were able to tie, in part, because of a technical foul.
Crowder, who ended up with the game-winning basket on a layup 119-117 for Boston, said Wittman used vulgar language towards him. But that was said after the game, and after Wittman had addressed the media, so before Monday's home game with the Portland Trail Blazers he had a chance to explain his side.
"Listen, there was an altercation on the floor. He got knocked down, they looked at it I believe to see if it was a flagrant. You guys can look at the tape," Wittman said. "He came back out. I think Nene was the one that knocked him down, and he’s now getting into it with Nene and I’m trying to tell the official something else is going to happen. He saw that and didn’t like it. That’s all it was. I’m standing right next to the official, so if I’m doing something that shouldn’t have been done, the official would have noticed that."
Chatter in front of the opposing team's bench during a dead-ball situation can always be tricky. It's rare, however, that a player accuses a coach publicly.
What Crowder didn't explain is exactly what he said during the incident in question and Wittman is correct that Tony Brothers, the official who assessed the technical, was on the spot. Also a possibility for the technical could've been Crowder's refusal to stop talking and not actually the content of his language.
It wasn't the brightest move as John Wall was in the middle of taking three foul shots after he was hit on a three-point attempt. Gary Neal stepped in and made the technical foul shot and that made it a one-possession game with 23 seconds left. Ultimately, Crowder had the last word.