Jaylen Brown reacts to Georges Niang's leg grab, calls out Scott Foster
Jaylen reacts to Niang's leg grab, calls out Scott Foster for tech originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Predictably, Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers got a bit chippy.
Tempers flared during the second quarter after C's star Jaylen Brown saved the ball from going out of bounds near the 76ers' bench. Sixers forward Georges Niang grabbed Brown's leg after the play, leading to a tense exchange between the two players.
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Initially, only Brown received a technical foul for barking at the Philadelphia bench. But after further review, the officials also gave Niang a technical for grabbing Brown's knee.
After the game, Brown shared his thoughts on all that transpired.
“I just think with the intensity of the game and emotions is flying around, I think he (Niang) just thought like maybe let me just try and grab him, slow (him) down a little bit,” Brown said after the Celtics' 112-88 win. “I don’t think Niang’s a bad guy or anything, I work out with him in the offseason, I just think he just got caught up in intensity and made a play. And I responded to it. I don’t know which way I should have responded to it, but if I didn’t do anything they probably would have played on."
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Brown said he disagreed with lead official Scott Foster giving him a technical foul on the play.
“And here comes Scott Foster, right away before even deciphering the situation, gives me a tech," Brown added. "I definitely didn’t want to get a tech in that situation. But somehow coming out all that commotion ended up being even. There was no advantage from that. … And I think a play like that should have been a little bit more there."
Brown was at the center of the action throughout the first half of Sunday's game. Earlier in the quarter, 76ers star James Harden earned a Flagrant 1 for elbowing the second-team All-NBAer -- who had ditched his protective mask moments earlier -- in the face.
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Brown was bloodied, but he stayed in the game and finished with 25 points to help Boston advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The C's will face off against the Miami Heat in the ECF for the second straight season and the third time in the last four years. Game 1 is set for 8:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at TD Garden.