Kyrie Irving’s on-court and postgame frustrations have apparently now carried over to pregame situations as well. It’s been a tough stretch for the Boston Celtics as of late, and that’s resulted in Irving taking a standoffish approach to the media. But as Irving was being recorded entering the arena prior to Sunday’s game against the Houston Rockets, things got strange.
As seen in the below video, Irving stated that he’s “not going to miss any of this sh** when I’m done playing,” seemingly talking about the cameras. He was then told it was being recorded and he said: “I don’t care if it is.”
It seems the situation with Irving hasn’t improved much at this point, and his postgame interviews recently have featured answers which don’t provide much. Beyond that, he doesn’t seem to have the same type of response to critics or just questions in general that we’ve seen in the past.
Kyrie Irving’s Previous Postgame Comments
After the Celtics suffered a tough 118-95 loss to the Toronto Raptors back on Tuesday, February 26, Irving was asked a number of questions. As Barstool Sports shows, he kept his head down for most of the session and avoided directly answering most of them.
He was asked about Celtics coach Brad Stevens saying the team is taking shortcuts and how to fix things like that, and Irving said: “I don’t know it’s up to Brad.” He was then asked about Marcus Smart commenting that the team isn’t playing together to which Irving responded that it’s “Marcus’ opinion, I respect it.”
Celtics’ Recent Stretch & Current Outlook
Coming out of the All-Star break, the Celtics haven’t looked like the team we saw earlier in the year and especially not the group from last season. They’ve played five games entering Sunday and lost the first four before snapping that skid with a 107-96 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday.
Beyond that stretch, the Celtics have also dropped six of nine games dating back to February 7, and their current 38-25 record leaves them as the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. They’re two games back of the Philadelphia 76ers for fourth and 2.5 behind the Indiana Pacers for the No. 3 seed.
If the playoffs began today, Boston would be on the road to start a first-round series against the Sixers, a team they’ve had success against. The Celtics have defeated Philadelphia in all three matchups this year, with one more to go before the end of the regular season. Their path the rest of the way won’t be easy, as roughly 15-16 of their final 18 games (after Sunday) come against teams still currently fighting for a postseason spot.
Taking it one step further, the Celtics will be on the road for 11 of those 18 games, including a four-game road stretch which starts on Tuesday.