With the Boston Celtics now in a 3-1 hole and their series with the Bucks heading back to Milwaukee, there’s a good chance that Kyrie Irving has played his last home game at TD Garden.
Irving didn’t exactly go out with a bang, shooting 7 for 22 from the field, or 31.8 percent, in Monday’s 113-101 loss.
Over the last three games, all Celtics losses, Irving has shot just 30.6 percent from the floor after shooting nearly 50 percent in the regular season.
But he isn’t giving much thought to his shooting woes or the fact that his team is on the brink of elimination.
After Boston was booed off its own court in Game 4, Irving was asked about his shooting slump that came at the worst possible time.
“Who cares?” Irving told reporters.
“I’m a basketball player,” he said. “I prepare the right way. Like I said, it’s a little different when your rhythm is challenged every play down.
“You’re being picked up full court. They’re doing things to test you. The expectations on me are going to be sky high. I try to utilize their aggression against them and still put my teammates in great position while still being aggressive. I’m trying to do it all. For me, the 22 shots? I should have shot 30. I’m that great of a shooter.”
Irving seems to be of the Kobe Bryant mindset that the best way to get out of a shooting slump is to keep shooting.
The Los Angeles Lakers legend would say something along the lines of, “I would rather finish a game shooting 2 for 20 rather than 2 for 10 because 10 shots just isn’t enough to prove that it’s not my night.”
But his response didn’t go over well with Boston fans, particularly the first two words.
Who cares I’ll tell you who cares Kyrie Irving!! The fans of the Boston Celtics the guys who cheer for you who you said you wanted to be a Celtic for life now your not sure Get on somewhere with that mess Kid ya ant who you think you are @celtics
— Christian Colvin (@ChristianColv11) May 7, 2019
Unbelievable. Take a hike. Go be another team’s drama. You are NOT a Boston Celtic.
— Marshall Kenneth (@MarshallKennet9) May 7, 2019
— Brad Auerbach (@CelticsPost) May 7, 2019
This was the second notable quote that Irving has made in the past week, and his first was even more self-complimentary than this latest one.
In response to analysts questioning his decision-making, Irving told ESPN that he’s much more knowledgeable than the so-called experts who are questioning him.
“I’ve been playing basketball a lot longer than some of these people analyzing the game,” he said. “I’m an actual genius when it comes to this game.”
That genius is now on the brink of elimination, and most people believe Irving will depart the Celtics when he becomes a free agent this offseason.
He might not be the biggest impending free agent with Golden State’s Kevin Durant also expected to opt out of his contract, but many expect Irving, who was raised in nearby New Jersey, to return close to home and sign with the New York Knicks. Adam Sandler wished for the pair to become teammates in the Big Apple in a “Saturday Night Live” skit this weekend.
“Just wait ’til Durant comes to the Knicks,” Sandler sang as Opera Man. “Please Kevin and bring Kyrie.”
— Mike Cianciolo (@MikeCianciolo) May 5, 2019
If the Celtics do manage to upset the Bucks in Milwaukee and extend the series, it will just give Irving more interview sessions to make bizarre statements.
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