Kryrie Irving Angry Over Final Play, Says Celtics Are 'Lacking' Experience After 105–103 Loss to Magic
Kyrie Irving was appeared to be very angry over the Celtic’s final play against the Magic.
Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving had a lot to say after Boston’s 105–103 loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday night, citing the team’s lack of experience.
Down by two points with 2.9 seconds left on the clock, the Celtics set up their final play with Irving in the backcourt as Gordon Hayward inbounded the ball to Jayson Tatum. The forward’s baseline jumper fell off the rim, and Irving immediately began to wave his hands and appear angry after the play.
Cameras caught the Celtics’ huddle before the final play and Irving seemed upset at coach Brad Stevens’s call.
After the game, Hayward said Irving told him that he wanted the pass to go to Al Horford, who could pass to Irving, per The Boston Globe‘s Adam Himmelsbach.
When asked by a reporter what was the cause of the Celtics’ ups and downs, Irving said it was the team’s lack of experience.
“Experience. It’s the best thing I can say is experience,” he said. “We’re lacking it, and because of that, we have a lot of learning left to do. So we have a lot of ground to make up in that aspect…
“I know from the majority of the fact that we’re better than most teams in this league,” Irving added. “It’s just going out and proving it every single night and demanding it and actually showing it. It’s not easy to be great.”
Saturday night marked Boston’s second consecutive loss. The Celtics have a 25–17 record and sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.