Just after the final buzzer of the Boston Celtics' impressive Game 5 road win over the New York Knicks on Thursday, several players from the two teams got heated and started a small skirmish that had to be separated by coaches.
The primary participants seemed to be Celtics reserve Jordan Crawford, who didn't play a second in the Celtics' 92-86 win, Knicks point guard Raymond Felton and New York forward Carmelo Anthony. What exactly was said remains unclear, although the Internet's just chock full of colorful interpretations of Crawford's portion of the discussion, which some self-proclaimed expert lip readers have suggested might be related to the scuffle between Anthony and Celtics center Kevin Garnett that took place at Madison Square Garden earlier this season.
Whatever words passed between the players, Anthony wasn't interested in elaborating.
"I’m not thinking about no Jordan Crawford," he said after the game. "I don’t even think he deserves for you to be typing right now."
That's a sentiment Charles Barkley shared on TNT's "Inside the NBA" postgame show.
"Raymond Felton, let that go," Barkley said. "Never argue with guys who don't get in the game."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said in his postgame press conference that he wasn't sure what precipitated the conflict, but that he thinks it's "much ado about nothing."
"I didn't see it. I was not happy with it," he said. "[Knicks coach Mike Woodson] wasn't happy with it. We don't need any of that crap, you know? We really don't. I mean, come on, let's just play basketball. Let's be physical as we can be on the floor, and then let's walk off the floor. So I don't know what happened, but I don't think it was a big deal. I thought it was a lot of talking."
And after the game, Crawford — who never even got his warmups off during the Game 5 win — did some more talking, according to Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe:
When asked if he said anything to Anthony, Crawford told the Globe, “Nah, they was talking to me, baby. They was talking to me. Yeah, they like me. I think it’s that smile I keep carrying. I think we’re playing freely, not thinking as much.” [...]
“I don’t know what happened,” he said. “I don’t know what happened, you know what I’m saying? I was on the bench the whole game, I don’t know why they was talking to me.
“They gotta be upset, their [expletives] tightening up. Of course they upset.”
Game 6 tips off at 7 p.m. at TD Garden in Boston, and it figures to be an emotionally charged battle, so please make sure you've loosened your [expletives]. Thanks in advance.
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