Morning sports update: Jayson Tatum offered his thoughts on the Russell Westbrook incident with a Jazz fan

"People always expect us to turn the shoulder."

Jayson Tatum, Russell Westbrook
Jayson Tatum and Russell Westbrook during a February game between the Thunder and Celtics. –AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

The Celtics play the Kings tonight at TD Garden at 8 p.m. The Bruins are in Winnipeg to play the Jets at 7:30 p.m.

Jayson Tatum’s thoughts on Russell Westbrook: On Monday night, a Utah Jazz fan sitting near the Oklahoma City Thunder’s bench engaged in a mid-game argument with Thunder star Russell Westbrook. The incident led to the fan being banned for life from the arena, and Westbrook receiving a $25,000 fine from the league.

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum was asked on Wednesday what he thought about it.

“People always expect us to turn the shoulder. And we get paid all this money, we should be able to let them talk to us any kind of way, and that’s just not true,” Tatum told MassLive’s John Karalis. “For the most part, we do a good job of letting go and running out the other way, but what that person said was tough. It was out of line and very disrespectful to who he was as a person. We’ve all been out there. You’ve got to stand up for yourself.”


Trivia: I played college basketball at a New England school. I broke my school’s record for most points in program history (a record previously held by Dana Barros). As a senior, I was named my conference’s player of the year for the second time. I was drafted by the Celtics with the 16th pick, but immediately traded for a player who eventually helped Boston win a title in 2008. Who am I? (The answer is at the bottom).

Hint: He was drafted in 2003.

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On this day: In 2000, Pedro Martinez began a spring training game against the Blue Jays by striking out Anthony Sanders looking, Homer Bush swinging, and David Segui looking. In the second and third, he retired the side in order, adding a strikeout in each inning. But given this was an ultimately meaningless game, he was removed to save his arm.

From there, five more Red Sox pitchers (Fernando De La Cruz, Dan Smith, Rheal Cormier, Rich Garces and Rod Beck) negotiated Toronto’s line without allowing a baserunner. Of course, given the low-key nature of spring training exhibition games, the weight of their achievement was somewhat lost on Boston pitchers.

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“I didn’t find out about it until I turned around to shake the guys’ hands I looked up and saw it on the board,” Red Sox reliever Rod Beck recalled after closing out the ninth inning. His humorously muted reaction said it all.

“I saw ‘perfect game‘ and said, ‘Hey, pretty cool.'”

No officials records are kept of preseason games, so it’s impossible to be sure of exactly how rare this phenomenal was. That said, there is no other listed case of a perfect game ever occurring in spring training.

Daily highlight: Lionel Messi made multiple defenders jump before calmly passing the ball into the net as Barcelona advanced in the Champions League against Lyon.

Trivia answer: Troy Bell