Celtics Star Kyrie Irving Earns Fine for Launching Ball into Stands
A little bit of frustration is starting to blow over in Boston despite a relatively decent 6-4 start to the season.
That being said, the Celtics have been unable to find their groove to this point. The offense has not been effective, Gordon Hayward is still slowly working back into form, and Kyrie Irving has not been performing at a superstar level just yet. On Monday night, the Celtics lost to the Denver Nuggets by a score of 115-107, and were shelled by a 48-points performance from none other than Canadian guard, Jamal Murray.
In the winding seconds of the game, Murray decided to take the ball into his hands and attempt to go for 50, launching a buzzer-beating three-pointer which rimmed out. Irving pulled down the board and angrily launched the ball into the stands, unamused by Murray’s immature and ‘unsportsmanlike’ actions.
“From a competition and competitive standpoint, I think it absolutely deserved to go in the stands still,” said Irving, who received a $25,000 fine from the NBA on Tuesday for. “You just don’t play basketball like that.
“It’s as simple as that. You just don’t. There’s a tradition and a respect within the league, as well as in any basketball game. Obviously you’ve won the game, you have it sealed, you’ve had a great game, game of your life, and you do something like that, it’s just … it’s petty. It’s immature.
“We’ll see him again though.”
The Celtics and Nuggets will meet next on March 18 at TD Garden, where Murray can expect a rather interesting response from the away crowd.