Thursday, May 2, 2013
LaLa Anthony tweaks Jordan Crawford
By Ian Begley
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The on-court beef between the Knicks and Celtics turned into a Twitter feud Thursday afternoon.
Jordan Crawford took to Twitter to deny allegations that he made a nasty reference to Carmelo Anthony's wife, LaLa, as the teams walked off the court after Game 5.
"I would never talk trash about that man's wife. I don't [know] him," Crawford wrote on his verified Twitter account. "All I did was respond!!"
LaLa Anthony also chimed in via social media. She tweeted on her verified account, "Try again. You on the bench for a reason," in a reference to the Celtics' reserve guard. She included a link to a post on Instagram featuring a picture that said "Strong women only intimidate weak men."
The back-and-forth on social media was in response to a dustup in the aftermath of the Celtics' Game 5 win over the Knicks.
Television cameras showed Crawford cursing at Anthony as the Knicks and Celtics filed off the floor. Raymond Felton took umbrage and approached Crawford and teammate D.J. White. Felton had to be restrained by his teammates.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers rushed his players off the floor. No punches were thrown.
"Just some words," Felton said after the game. "That's the game of basketball; it happens. You get in the playoffs, it gets intense sometimes. Just words, nothing serious."
Anthony downplayed Crawford's actions. He even took a dig at the Celtics reserve.
"I'm not thinking about no Jordan Crawford, not at this point in time, I'll tell you that," Anthony said. "I don't even think he deserves for you to be typing [his name] right now."
On Thursday, Tyson Chandler said Crawford crossed a line if he did address Anthony's wife, though Chandler made it clear that he did not hear the conversation.
"There are certain things that you leave outside [the game]," Chandler said. "If he did say any of those things, then he definitely crossed the line."
Added Felton: "Did he cross the line? Uh, some people may say yes, some people may say no. Whatever. It's all in the game, man. People are going to talk junk. People are going to say what they want to say. You have a right to voice your opinion. You have a right to say what you want. We know what he's trying to do. He's trying to get us away from what we need to focus on the most and that‘s playing basketball."
Mike Woodson said he addressed the issue of trash talk and advised his team to "let things go."
"I don't know what was said, but it doesn't matter what was said. The bottom line is you still have got to play the game," Woodson said. "Like I said, I've addressed that with our guys. We've just got to let things like that go and just play."
Woodson was also upset with his team for its decision to wear black before Game 5 to mimic a funeral for Boston.
The Celtics trailed in the series 3-1 heading into Game 5 and forced a Game 6 with a 92-86 win at Madison Square Garden. Boston is the 11th team in NBA history to force a Game 6 after trailing 3-0 in a best-of-seven series. Three teams have won Game 6.
Woodson insisted Thursday that his team is still confident heading into Boston.
"We're 3-2 in the series and still facing a close-out game. I feel pretty good about it, and our guys feel good," he said. "We just got to go give back what we gave away last night. We got to go back there and try and figure it out tomorrow night."
The Knicks have not won a playoff series since 2000.