Kyrie Irving knows that he is a champion at heart. After helping the Cleveland Cavaliers win their only NBA championship in 2016, Irving wanted a more leadership role in Boston. After a tough loss on Friday night, Kyrie didn’t look too happy on how the final play developed.
With three seconds left, Boston was down two points with a chance to tie or win the game. They’ve run this half court action in the past. The key is getting some initial movement away from the free throw line and towards the rim in order to free up space for a guard, in this case, Irving, to run downhill and receive the ball from Al Horford. That didn’t happen. Here’s the video:
Kyrie didn’t look happy after this final play in the Celtics’ loss. pic.twitter.com/lPnsjjfg1G
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 13, 2019
After the game, Kyrie had a few words for his teammates.
Entering their current campaign, many considered the Celtics to be a favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference. However, due to a slow start, injury issues, and inconsistency, Boston is just fifth in the East halfway through the season, and Irving isn’t satisfied.
Ironically, the young Celtics team led by Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Terry Rozier – found success in the playoffs last season, as the team was just one win away from a Finals appearance even with Irving – and Gordon Hayward – sidelined for the entirety of the run, but Irving thinks that the resulting expectations have affected the team.
Kryie is justified to feel frustrated but at the end of the day, the team has playoff experience without him.