Brad Stevens Speaks on Jae Crowder’s Criticism of Fans Cheering Gordon Hayward

January 4th, 2017 by Adam Wells Leave a reply »

During pregame introductions for Tuesday's game between the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics, fans at TD Garden were noticeably cheering Jazz star Gordon Hayward, which caused Celtics forward Jae Crowder to criticize them.

Crowder, who has been with the team since 2014, issued this response on Twitter following the game:

Crowder expounded on his thoughts after the game in the locker room, taking the fans' feelings toward Hayward as an attack on him, per's Chris Forsberg:

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. I just felt disrespected.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens spoke Wednesday to 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and gave this response to a discussion he had with Crowder regarding his comments about Celtics fans, per Forsberg:

On the bright side, Crowder's perception of being slighted did get him going. The 26-year-old tied his season high with 21 points in the Celtics' 115-104 victory.

Forsberg noted another possible re ...

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