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"I shouldn't say those kind of words," Davis said. "Even though a fan says anything to me, I shouldn't say that. I've got to understand who's watching out there for the kids and the parents. It's just a bad thing to say. You're frustrated. You're mad. That's not what you're suppose to say. You're just supposed to play the game of basketball and don't worry about the fans; that's what they are there for. When a fan talks personal about you in an emotional game, you know, it kind of gets to you, but you can't let it get to you. That's what [fans are] there for, to get you unfocused and frustrated."
Asked about the $25,000 fine he faces from the NBA, Celtics coach Doc Rivers tried to bring a little lightheartedness to the situation.
"I don't know -- it was high," Rivers said. "I thought it was extreme, but I do understand. I mean, I get it. You just can't do what he did -- and get caught."
The joke elicited laughter, but Rivers got serious quickly.
"It's very difficult [to not react]," said Rivers. "Some of the things we hear in the crowd, it's amazing. There's been times when I stare up at the guy, hoping a menacing look will stop him and usually it doesn't. Usually the beer wins out. It is tough, but you have to [show restraint]. We know that. It's not like this is something new; it's been going on for quite a long time. They get on the player -- and they should -- but some of the stuff you hear, from some guy sitting next to his son, it's pretty embarrassing. That's the way I look at it."
To read Davis' ESPNBoston diary entry on the issue, click here.
Chris Forsberg is a roving reporter for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.
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