Bogdanovic: ‘Nothing special' about incident involving Celtics' Jaylen Brown


BOSTON -- When you play defense at the level we saw from both teams in Boston’s 84-74 Game 1 win over Indiana, there’s no way to avoid things getting a bit testy.

We saw those emotions from both sides overflow a bit in the fourth quarter.

After Boston’s Jaylen Brown pushed Bojan Bogdanovic in the back on a drive to the basket with 3:20 to play, the two exchanged some not-so-nice words that resulted in Brown being whistled for the personal foul and a technical foul by official Jim Capers.

The incident didn’t seem to impact either player going forward, but it did serve as a reminder of just how emotionally-charged playoff games can be, especially when you’re talking about two of the game’s better teams defensively.

Neither player seemed to show any signs of a carry-over in the few minutes that remained in Game 1, and it sounds like it won’t be an issue or concern leading into Wednesday’s Game 2 tilt.

When Bogdanovic was asked about the incident following Indiana’s practice on Monday (Brad Stevens and the Celtics took the day off), he downplayed the incident as nothing more than what typically happens in the heat of a playoff battle.

“Nothing special,” Bogdanovic said before adding, “It’s just playoff basketball. Trash talking, trying to get me away from my game so nothing special. It’s normal.”

But his play wasn’t, as Bogdanovic scored 12 points - six below his season average while shooting 4-for-11 from the field. And of those 12 points, five came after Brad Stevens had emptied the Celtics' bench.

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