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John Wall slap of Jae Crowder punctuates physical Wizards-Celtics game

Sporting News logo Sporting News 1/12/2017 Tom Gatto

The Wizards and Celtics don't like each other right now. That'll happen when there's a physical game and someone gets slapped in the face afterward.


Wizards guard John Wall was the one doing the slapping, in response to Jae Crowder putting his finger on Wall's nose during a postgame jawing session. Bystanders jumped in to prevent further slapping or punching (well, except Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who wanted to escalate).

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Maybe Wall was still feeling salty about Crowder doing this to him on a fast break:

The Wizards as a team were peeved at the Celts' style. Otto Porter Jr. straight-up called them"dirty." Wiz coach Scott Brooks complained, too:

Smart and Wizards guard Bradley Beal clashed during the game, and Beal was hit with a technical foul.

"We knew it was going to be a physical game. That's all it was: Just a little trash-talking and a physical game," Wall told reporters, per

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To ensure that's all it was, Boston police were assigned to stand between the locker rooms at TD Garden to make sure nothing else happened, per

Crowder wasn't about to review what happened.

"I don't know what you're talking about. I ain't got no comment about that," he said, per "You want to talk about the game? Anyone want to talk about the game?"

Guys, leave the hand-throwing to Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was ringside, er, courtside for the game and got Isaiah Thomas' game jersey as a gift.

"Nobody's built [to fight] but the guy that was in the front row,'" Thomas said, per "So just keep it hoop and move onto the next one."


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