Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Monday April 18, 2022 at 09:21
Author of a huge match for his return to Boston, Kyrie Irving (39 points) could not prevent the Nets’ defeat (114-115), and he also sent several middle fingers to Celtics fans who insulted.
Traveling to Boston’s TD Garden on Sunday for the first round of the Eastern Conference play-offs, the Nets thought they could win, before Jayson Tatum crucified them at the buzzer and allowed the Celtics to snatch victory (115-114). And if Kevin Durant watered a lot (23 points at 9/24), Kyrie Irving was huge, compiling 39 points (at 12/20), 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Former Massachusetts franchise (2017-2019), the Brooklyn leader will have had the right to preferential treatment for his return, with whistles and insults even before the match begins. This continued throughout the game, and Irving eventually reacted, throwing several middle fingers at the Celtics fans who took him to task.
« There is nothing new when I come to play here, I know how it will be, he then reacted. But I will have the same energy towards them as they have with me. And I’m not talking about all Boston fans. But when they keep insulting you, you can tolerate it up to a certain limit as a competitor. We’re supposed to say nothing, and just sit nice and do nothing. But I don’t care about that. These are the playoffs. It’s like that. I knew what to expect, and I have the same energy for them. » A reaction that should cost him dearly. Kyle Kuzma, the Wizards player, was fined $ 15,000 for a middle finger to a fan this season, an amount that could go up to 25,000 dollars for Irving, who has made him several and also uttered profanity in a press conference.