Jae Crowder Comments on Celtics Fans Cheering Gordon Hayward Before Game

January 4th, 2017 by Scott Polacek Leave a reply »

Boston Celtics fans at TD Garden made it clear Tuesday they would like to see Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward in green in the near future, which didn't exactly sit well with Jae Crowder.

Boston handled the Jazz 115-104, but Crowder seemed more concerned with the crowd's reaction to Hayward, per Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe: "I heard the cheering [for Hayward] 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."

Crowder also took to Twitter after the contest:

Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com noted Hayward could be a free agent this offseason and pointed to the connection between Hayward and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, who were both with Butler University from 2008-10. The crowd must have liked the idea of Hayward in Boston and responded in kind, and Crowder—who plays a similar perimeter forward role—responded with 21 points on 5-of-6 shooting from deep.

Hayward finished with a team-high 23 points but couldn't match Boston's Isaiah Thomas' 29 points and 15 assists.

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