Jae Crowder was not pleased with the fans rooting for Gordon Hayward and against the Celtics in Tuesday night's 115-104 win over the Utah Jazz.
Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas (4) rises above Utah Jazz point guard Shelvin Mack (8) during the first quarter at TD Garden. "That sparked a little fire in me". Before the game, some of the fans cheered for Jazz forward Gordon Hayward during player introductions.
While his three-point shooting may still be subpar, Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart has developed significantly as a playmaker this season. In comparison, it required 14 shot attempts for Hayward to muster 23 points, as he shot 3-7 from deep and 7-14 overall while turning the ball over on three occasions. But it was Crowder who won the battle of the small forwards.
He had only one late turnover in 35:24 of action and shot 10 of 18 from the field.
Although Crowder eventually removed the retweet from his timeline, it's pretty clear that one of the symptoms of the front office's quest for a star is being exacerbated here. Speaking of beyond the arc, Crowder has improved his three-point accuracy in astounding fashion, bumping his three-point shooting percentage by almost ten percent since last season (33.6 percent vs. 43 percent).
Of course if Hayward comes to Boston, that means Crowder is out of a starting job.
The Jazz's Joe Johnson, a former Celtics, said the problems posed by Thomas aren't in proportion with his relatively diminutive 5-foot-9-inch (1.75m) frame.
"I talked to Jae this morning and the first thing he said was he wished he wouldn't have expressed himself like that", said Stevens.
Now in his fourth season on the Boston bench, Stevens said Boston's passionate fan base was part of the reason he left Butler for the National Basketball Association. Rather, he should be at the forefront of the recruiting pitch to land the potential Western Conference All-Star, the tandem could be uncontainable together in green.