Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson called out Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal for saying that the Cavaliers didn’t want to face the Wizards in the second round of the playoffs.
“Cleveland didn’t want to see us. I always said that,” said Beal, via CSN Mid-Atlantic. “I felt like that’s the reason they didn’t play us in the second round. They didn’t want to see us in the second round.”
Naturally, Jefferson did not take too kindly to Beal’s comments.
“It seems like the teams that are at home now want to start talking,” Jefferson said. “Dion Waiters was saying that nobody wanted to see the Miami Heat, nobody wants to see the Miami Heat. Then Bradley Beal says nobody wants to [see the Wizards]. Well, if no one does, then show up. If you get there, then prove it.”
The Wizards lost to the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs, the same Celtics team that the Cavaliers have thrashed in Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals to take a 2-0 lead.
“Bradley’s a great young player, he’s going to have a great career in front of him, but don’t talk about teams that didn’t want to see you when you’re out of the playoffs,” Jefferson added. “It makes absolutely no sense. A team that has now won 10 in a row in the playoffs, the defending champions, didn’t want to see you, but you didn’t get out of the second round?”
Jefferson went on to say that Beal is only saying this now because he is “out of harm’s way.”
Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals is on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET. You can catch the action on TNT.