Last night the Boston Celtics played a hard fought game against the Washington Wizards. The game was close almost the entire game. Neither team had a lead higher than ten points.
There were numerous lead changes until about five minutes left in the fourth quarter. That’s when Isaiah Thomas took over and pushed the Celtics ahead with a 13-0 run to win the game 117-108.
However, the big story of last night’s game wasn’t Isaiah’s 38 points, of which 20 came in the fourth quarter. It’s what happened after the game between Jae Crowder and John Wall.
Players on both sides seemed to not have much to say about the incident. “It was just a physical game. That’s all it was,” Wizards guard Bradley Beal said in a postgame interview with Monumental Sports Network. “Just a little trash-talking and a physical game,” Wall commented. (Via Boston.com)
Crowder also refused to speak on the matter. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I ain’t got no comment about that… You want to talk about the game? Anyone want to talk about the game?” (via Boston.com)
“We’re not a dirty team. That’s not what the Celtics are about,” Crowder stated. “We play hard. So if playing hard is dirty, then I guess we are a dirty team. But there was no dirty play. I didn’t see none. It’s just a lot of chatter. That’s what guys do.” (via ESPN)
The Wall/Crowder incident was preceded by a small skirmish in the third quarter between Beal and Celtics guard Marcus Smart.
Marcus Smart received a foul, while Bradley Beal received a technical foul. The Wizards were not pleased with this call. Smart gets up, stands over Beal and begins to bark at him, yet only got called for a personal foul. For the record, Beal and Smart have some history, and Smart was responsible for breaking Beal’s nose last season.
Crowder and Smart are some of the toughest players in the league. Going into a matchup against the Celtics, teams know they are in for a physical game. Likewise, both teams were also in their second night of a back to back, which probably added to the more physical play.
Wall had one of his worst games offensively of this season. He shot 4 for 21 from the field and 0 for 5 from long range. He had a season low 9 points (though he still notched 10 assists). Factors contributing to Wall’s poor shooting likely included the Celtics already being a physical team, the teams being on the second night of a back to back, and that him and Crowder have some history.
It all caused Wall to blow up at the end of the game.
The league has not released any penalties yet. However, fines and maybe a suspension could be given to one or both players involved.