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John Wall, Jae Crowder Receive Fines For Postgame Confrontation

Jan 14, 2017 9:46 PM

John Wall and Jae Crowder were each fined for their confrontation following the Boston Celtics' win over the Washington Wizards.

Crowder received a fine of $25,000 while Wall was fined $15,000.

The penalties were announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

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John Wall, Jae Crowder Downplay Postgame Confrontation

Jan 12, 2017 12:20 PM

John Wall and Jae Crowder had to be separated on Wednesday after the Boston Celtics' 117-108 win over the Washington Wizards.

Crowder could be seen putting his finger in Wall's face after the two exchanged words, and Wall appeared to land a quick open-hand slap before teammates and staffers rushed in to prevent a further escalation. Wall appeared to take another swipe at Crowder.

Five Boston police officers stood guard between the two locker rooms after the game.

"Just some altercation. We knew there was going to be some trash-talking," Wall said. "We knew it was going to be a physical game. That's all it was: Just a little trash-talking and a physical game."

Crowder didn't care to discuss what flared the incident.

"I don't know what you're talking about. I ain't got no comment about that," he said. "You want to talk about the game? Anyone want to talk about the game?"

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Jae Crowder Doesn't Want To Leave Boston, Still Feels 'Disrespected' By Fans

Jan 6, 2017 10:58 AM

Jae Crowder apologized Thursday for his Twitter comments after Boston fans cheered Gordon Hayward during lineup introductions, but Crowder also reaffirmed his dislike for home crowds cheering opposing players.

"I was really angry after the game, obviously," Crowder said before practice Thursday. "I said what I had to say after the game. I probably should have left it right there. I went on Twitter and said what I had to say, and that's one thing that I regret going back and forth with fans on Twitter -- that's how I was feeling at the time.

"Obviously, I don't want to leave Boston. Obviously, I love it here. Obviously, the fans have treated me great. No doubt about that.

"I still stand behind what I said about how I felt disrespected when they're cheering for Gordon Hayward. I live with that. I stand behind that 100 percent as a man, as a basketball player who puts my time away from my family into it."

Crowder said he was advised by Celtics brass to remove his interactions with fans.

Crowder also talked about when Boston fans started a "Come to Boston" chant for Kevin Durant last season.

"I didn't like that, either," Crowder said of the Durant chant. "I just remember when I got here a couple years ago and we were however many games under .500, the fans cheered for us. Not one time did they cheer for another player when they came into town. Things have changed since then, I'm aware of that. That's never happened in an arena that I've been in. I've never been on the road and got cheered for, or even one of my teammates get cheered for by the opposing team.

"It's just something different for me that really set me off. I don't like when they cheer for DeMarcus Cousins, I don't like when they cheer for Kevin Durant. I don't think you should do that. That's all I was saying."

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Jae Crowder Objects To Celtics' Fans Cheering For Gordon Hayward

Jan 4, 2017 12:01 PM

Jae Crowder objected to the way fans of the Boston Celtics cheered for Gordon Hayward before Tuesday's game at TD Garden.

Hayward is expected to be a free agent target for the Celtics this offseason.

Crowder responded with maybe his best game of the season, scoring 21 points on 6 of 8 shooting, while making all but one of the six 3-pointers that he put up over 35 minutes of floor time as part of Boston's 115-104 victory.

"I heard the cheering before the game. I didn't like that at all," said Crowder. "I think that was a sign of disrespect to me from the fans. That sparked a little fire in me."

"I just felt disrespected," Crowder added.

Crowder is in the second year of a five-year, $35 million deal that he signed with the Celtics in July 2015. 

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Kevin Durant May Have Chosen Celtics Had Warriors Won 2016 Title

Jan 4, 2017 11:41 AM

The Boston Celtics were one of the teams that met with Kevin Durant during his 2016 free agency in the Hamptons.

Durant met with the Boston contingent, which included Tom Brady, for four hours. The Celtics were offering a strong core of role players plus a number of future draft pick assets to put a title contender around Durant.

Many sources around the NBA have come to believe Durant would have signed with the Celtics had the Golden State Warriors won the Finals. For Durant, the optics of joining a team that had just won back-to-back championships may have been too difficult to overcome.

Even as Durant was finalizing his decision to join the Warriors, he asked Joe Lacob and Bob Myers how they would shield him from criticism should he decide to join their franchise.

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Daryl Morey: Celtics' Mike Zarren 'For Sure Should Be A GM Somewhere'

Jan 3, 2017 3:00 PM

Mike Zarren has developed a reputation while with the Boston Celtics as one of the league's best front office executives.

While Daryl Morey was working with the Celtics in the early 2000s, he hired Zarren as an intern.

Morey said working with Zarren was “unbelievable” and that he “for sure should be a GM somewhere. … He’s sort of a hidden gem up there.”

Morey and Zarren discovered the league was undervaluing the 3.

“A lot of the great coaches, of the 10 decisions they were making on how to build their team, they were making eight of them right,” Morey said. “A lot of what we’ve done is taken what a lot of great coaches have done and said, ‘OK, but there’s still these two areas we can push the envelope even farther.”

When Morey left to join the Rockets, the Celtics hired Zarren to replace him. Zarren still serves as assistant general manager and lead in-house counsel.

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Isaiah Thomas: We're Not On Cleveland's Level

Dec 30, 2016 12:45 PM

The Boston Celtics are 0-3 now this season against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors.

The Celtics lost 124-118 to the Cavaliers on Thursday.

"We're not on that level yet," Isaiah Thomas said. "We're not on Cleveland's level, so we got work to do. And we gotta figure it out.

"The real good teams, you make a mistake and they capitalize on it, whether it be the Cavs, the Warriors, the Spurs -- those type of teams don't let you live when you make a mistake. We're not on that level yet."

Thomas had 31 points in the game.

"[The Cavaliers] know what we can do, we know what we can do, we just gotta play better," said Thomas.

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Celtics Lobby For Jaylen Brown In Dunk Contest

Dec 29, 2016 3:21 PM

The Boston Celtics would like Jaylen Brown to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Gerald Green and Isaiah Thomas are lobbying for Brown. Green won the contest at the age of 21 as a member of the Celtics.

"It will be good to show the world his athleticism," Green said. "A guy like that, man, anything for him to get exposed is pretty good. And it’s his rookie year so I think your rookie year, you get to kinda go out there and have fun, experience it, and then later on in your years you can just focus on things you need to focus on to get better as a player.

"I told him if he enters it then I’ll give him some pointers, give him stuff that I think he could do. The dunk contest is different from when I was in it. It’s all about creativity and style and how you perform it or whatever. We’ll see how it goes if he wants to get in it or not."

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Isaiah Thomas, Russell Westbrook Named NBA Players Of The Week

Dec 26, 2016 5:56 PM

Isaiah Thomas and Russell Westbrook have been named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 19 through Sunday, Dec. 25.

Thomas led the Eastern Conference in scoring (33.3 ppg) and ranked sixth in assists (7.3 apg) as the Celtics went 3-1, with all three wins coming on the road. He scored a career-high 44 points, including 36 in the second half, in a 112-109 overtime win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 20. Thomas shot 48.8 percent from the field and 90.7 percent (39-for-43) from the free throw line for the week. He matched his season high with 10 assists in a 117-112 loss to the Thunder on Dec. 23.

Westbrook led the Thunder to a 3-1 week, averaging a league-high 41.0 points, 10.0 assists and 9.8 rebounds. He became only the third player in history to log three straight games with at least 40 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, joining Elgin Baylor, who did it twice, and Wilt Chamberlain. Westbrook notched his league-leading 14th triple-double of the season with 45 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Oklahoma City’s win over the Celtics. It was his sixth career triple-double with at least 40 points, placing him third all-time behind Oscar Robertson (22) and Chamberlain (seven).   

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Isaiah Thomas Receives Plasma Injection For Injured Groin

Dec 8, 2016 2:55 PM

Isaiah Thomas received a platelet-rich plasma injection on Wednesday for a groin strain and is likely to miss his second straight game on Friday against the Toronto Raptors.

Thomas, who injured his groin during the first half of Monday's loss to the Houston Rockets, flew back to Boston on Tuesday and missed Boston's 117-87 triumph in Orlando on Wednesday night.

Thomas had the injection into a thigh muscle.

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