Jae Crowder’s run last season ended in game 4 of Eastern Conference playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers after sustaining a sprained ACL in the left ankle. Cleveland guard J.R. Smith’s vicious back-hand led to the injury, and on the eve of the two sides’ first meeting since then, Crowder has vociferously demanded an apology from Smith.
Crowder avoided surgery but spent the entire off-season on a rehab session. “I hope he apologizes Tuesday, to be honest with you,” Crowder said on Monday.
Smith was banned for two games by the League following the incident as a disciplinary action. But unlike what Kelly Olynyk did to Kevin Love, Smith apparently didn’t apologize to Crowder.
“I hope it wasn’t intentional. But if he doesn’t [apologize], then we’ll play ball,” the Celtics’ swingman added. The Cavs swept Celtics in four games, and the final game of the series was marred by a few dirty incidents. Smith swung wildly at Crowder during that game.
Crowder has been instrumental in Boston’s 14-10 start this season and hopes to start on Tuesday.