With the Boston Celtics near the top of the Eastern Conference and being on the up-and-up, fans in Boston would like the team to do anything it can to improve to make a run at the Cleveland Cavaliers and other top teams.
After the Celtics’ fans performance on Tuesday, it’s safe to say they think an upgrade at forward is necessary.
Before the Celtics-Jazz game on Tuesday night, Boston fans cheered for Jazz star forward Gordon Hayward, and it left Celtics forward Jae Crowder very unhappy:
And that fire was lit inside of Crowder for a while after his postgame interview.
A fan tweeted Crowder saying, “Welcome to Boston Jae… love it or leave it” and Crowder replied with this tweet before deleting it:
This isn’t the first time Crowder’s status as one of the Celtics’ big men has been questioned. This past summer, Boston was connected Hayward in a blog sparking this reaction from Crowder.
The connection between the Celtics and Hayward isn’t a new one either. Hayward played at Butler when Boston head coach Brad Stevens was leading the Bulldogs. So, everyone assumes Hayward would be a natural fit in the green uniform.
But aside from Hayward replacing Crowder, rumors were already swirling earlier this season about Crowder being a part of a three-team trade that included Klay Thompson.
Crowder’s behavior off-the-court can’t help his status too much. However, his play on the court might change peoples’ opinions. While matched up against Hayward on Tuesday, Crowder had 21 points and three rebounds. Maybe he just needs this sort of motivation more often.