Monday, February 27, 2023

Jaylen Brown called 76ers fans 'disrespectful,' told him they hoped he would tear his ACL

Another page was written in the historic rivalry that is the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center.

While the C's pulled out a 110-107 victory on a Jayson Tatum game-winning 3-pointer, it was the Philly fans that may have been a little too intense with the back-and-forth throughout the night and even one individual in particular that crossed the line prior to tip-off, according to Jaylen Brown.
"I started talking to one of the fans, but it got a little excessive, a little disrespectful, and stuff like that," Brown said his postgame interview. "Even before the game, I was entering the arena, and people were saying, 'I hope you tear your ACL.' I understand people care, and they love the team they cheer for, but I think it gets a little excessive at times."
Several Sixers fans that were sitting near the Celtics' bench were kicked out for of the arena during the game for getting into it with players, though it was unknown what they said that led to them being escorted.

Meanwhile, Brown had a team-high 26 points on 10-of-21 shooting, including 2-of-4 from deep to help complete a 15-point comeback -- before Tatum, who was 7-of-17 from the field and 3-of-8 from behind the arc to finish with 18 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, drained the biggest 3 of the night with 1.3 seconds left to play.

The win gave the Celtics a 3-0 advantage over the 76ers this season with one more matchup remaining in April. They also own the tiebreaker in the event that both teams end up with the same record, but more importantly, Boston still owns the East's top seed with a four-game lead over their division rivals at 44-17.

However, though Brown says he's happy the C's got the win, it's "not really" any sweeter that they pulled it off in Philly versus being at home.
"I just look at it as each and every game you take with a grain of salt," Brown said. "I'm sure we will see them down the line, so we just be ready when it's time to go. It's fun playing here. The crowd was a little bit hostile. In moments, there were people on the side was talking crazy, etc. We persevered, made some plays, and got the win."
The Celtics will complete their three-game road trip tonight against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. 

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of USA Today

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