The Boston Celtics took a 1-0 lead in their NBA Playoff first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets. The tight contest saw Boston win on a buzzer-beater to take the 115-114 victory. While the action was hot on the hardwood, Kyrie Irving got personal with some fans at TD Garden.
Kyrie called Boston home for two seasons but did not receive a hero’s welcome for this visit. Irving was caught giving the crowd the middle finger on at least two occasions during the game. Irving also told a fan to “suck [his] d*ck” at one point.
After the game, Kyrie Irving explained his actions. Irving said that the crowd continuously insulted him with expletives throughout the game. The fans called him a bitch and a “p*ssy.”
“When people start yelling p*ssy and b*tch and f*ck you, there’s only so much you can take as a competitor…Nah f*ck that, that’s the playoffs, it is what it is. I know what to expect in here and I’m ready to give the same energy back to them.
But this isn’t my first time in TD Garden, so what you guys saw and what you guys think is entertainment, or the fans think is entertainment, all is fair in competition. So if somebody’s gonna call me out of my name, imma look at them straight in the eye and see if they’re really about it. Most of the time they’re not.”
Kyrie Irving might want to keep his focus on the action on the floor. The Nets will now face the potential of going down 2-0 in a series that could decide the top contender out of the Eastern Conference. Boston fans will be thrilled to hear that their taunting has affected Kyrie’s concentration, and things will likely get worse in game 2.
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