The Celtics are nonetheless alive within the playoffs, however a number of basketball analysts are already speaking about Kyrie Irving’s future away from Boston.
After dropping Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals to the the Bucks on Monday evening, 113-101, Irving and the Celtics now face a 3-1 collection deficit. While Irving is way from the one one at fault for Boston’s present predicament, he’s the group’s highest profile participant (and high scorer).
Given that he can (and certain will) choose out of the ultimate 12 months of his contract with the Celtics this summer season, the hypothesis over whether or not he stays or leaves is already in full swing. Yet the circumstances of his potential exit have added a brand new dimension to the dialogue.
In the wake of Boston’s newest loss, criticism was directed at Irving from many instructions. The group’s doable playoff elimination on Wednesday regardless of lofty preseason predictions hasn’t escaped discover.
“He said, ‘I want to be my own man,’” Charles Barkley famous after Game 4. “And now you’re your own man who’s going on vacation Thursday morning.”
Shaq & Chuck go off on Kyrie Irving’s Game 4 efficiency. 👀#NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/ultbSNxI6M
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 7, 2019
Irving’s choice to stroll off the courtroom earlier than the ultimate buzzer drew consideration, as did his postgame feedback.
“Both with his beat-the-traffic departure and his prolonged shooting slump, Irving sidestepped all accountability,” wrote NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg. “To be fair, he deserves a bit of credit for stepping in front of the cameras — especially on a night when teammates like Gordon Hayward were quick to slip out of the locker room while reporters were entering — and yet Irving might have compounded matters by being a bit standoffish in his postgame responses.”
After their Game 4 loss, Kyrie was requested about going 19-62 FG during the last 3 video games.
“Who cares? … For me, the 22 shots, I should’ve shot 30.” pic.twitter.com/R3TlkfAnyC
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 7, 2019
“You look at some of the comments Kyrie made last night,” mentioned Stadium’s Jeff Goodman. “I mean come on, man. Show some humility after this. You’ve been terrible for the last three games. Take accountability, say ‘it’s on me,’ and that’s something he’s been unwilling to do. And thus a lot of people in Boston are frustrated by not only his actions on the court, but also his actions off the court.”
If the #Celtics cannot take Game 5, is Kyrie Irving completed in Boston? 😳@GoodmanHoops did not maintain again along with his take. #CUsRise pic.twitter.com/wcaYTUBk5G
— Stadium (@Stadium) May 7, 2019
Others see Irving’s future as a free agent in the summertime heading away from Boston.
“That was Kyrie’s last home game as a Boston Celtic,” mentioned Nick Wright on FS1.
“The series is over and Kyrie’s tenure in Boston is over. This entire 2-year experiment with Kyrie Irving is ending in disaster. And while I empathize with Kyrie, he has made this worse on himself.”
— @getnickwright explains pic.twitter.com/vDyxjOSsmA
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) May 7, 2019
On ESPN’s “The Jump,” Jalen Rose asserted that not solely is Irving completed in Boston, however that his teammates can be joyful to see him go.
“He’s done in Boston,” Rose bluntly defined. “[His] teammates will help him pack.”
“He’s done in Boston … [his] teammates will help him pack.”
—@JalenRose on Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/00UEzMPYyl
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) May 7, 2019