Kyrie Irving Defiant Despite the Boston Celtics Poor Play
Losers of four of their last five games, including a loss to the 16-44 Bulls, the Celtics now find themselves in 5thplace in the Eastern Conference standings. You would think that it would be time for the team to start worrying, but not according to Kyrie Irving.
“You know, it is what it is. Like I said, I don’t get frustrated about this stuff anymore,” Irving said following the Bulls game. “It’s just part of the regular season. In the playoffs when we can plan for a team, prepare for a team, I still don’t see anybody beating us in seven games.”
Those are rather arrogant words from Irving, considering how inconsistent the Celtics have been all season and how they haven’t been able to sort out their personnel and chemistry issues on the court.
Specifically asked why he wasn’t considered about the team’s recent play, Irving’s response was “Because I’m here.” Ironically, that response may be a microcosm of the Celtics whole season. Irving, perhaps, trying to do too much and disrupting the Celtics free-flowing, everyone-eats, style of play from the playoffs last season.
Still, it would be foolish to rule out the Celtics this soon. Irving remains one of the most clutch players in the league and has a history of rising to the occasion when the playoffs come around.
His confidence is admirable, but the nonchalant attitude towards to the regular season is alarming. It’s not like the Celtics are the Warriors; winners of multiple NBA titles, sitting in 1stplace in their conference, on cruise control until the playoffs. On the contrary, the Celtics have no history of playoff success with this exact roster and at this pace, the Celtics will make their title run far more difficult if they don’t even have home-court advantage in the first round.
The Celtics will return to action on Tuesday, as they travel to Toronto for an important matchup versus the Raptors.