The Boston Celtics postseason elimination has put the spotlight on guard Kyrie Irving. The increased attention on Irving isnt exactly undeserved, as Irving made some confident statements as the team was melting down.
What is undeserved, however, is the narrative that Irvings leadership was the reason for the teams downfall. Celtics guard Marcus Smart had some strong words about that notion.
Marcus Smart on the notion that Kyrie Irvings leadership ruined the Celtics: Bullshit. Thats bullshit. pic.twitter.com/xWPKIxp2Bw
Much has been made about Kyrie Irvings future with the Boston Celtics, but Al Horfords status with the team moving forward is also uncertain.
Smart said it was bulls— that Irvings leadership is being blamed for the teams struggles. As Smart explains, Irving came into a tough situation where he was trying to fit in on a team that had already experienced success. Smart praised Irving for not wanting to disrupt that.
If Horford chooses to stay under his current contract, it would be the final year of his four-year, $113 million deal with the Celtics.
Dreams Of A Boston Slam Are Now Officially Dead, Thanks To The Celtics
Its four other guys out there, its 12, 13 other guys on the team, coaches and everything, so to just blame it on one guy is bulls—.
Despite Smarts plea, Irving will still continue to take heat. He asked out of Cleveland so he could lead a team. During the season, Irving came under fire for calling out teammates. With the season on the line, Irving fell into a horrible slump.
If theres a silver lining, Smart and the other Celtics wont have to answer these questions much longer. Irving is expected to leave the team in the offseason, giving everyone involved in this fiasco a much-needed fresh start next season.
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BOSTON (CBS) — Dark times have fallen upon the Boston sports landscape. The darkest of times, some might say.
Shield your children’s eyes, board up your windows and make sure your pets are safe and secure. Because this is ugly: Boston will not be winning all four professional sports championships within a calendar year.
“Everybody was running around with their heads cut off, like chickens” Rozier told Yahoo Sports. “Coach was in a tough position, one of the toughest positions, dealing with all these guys with attitudes, all that sh–. Guys that’s All-Stars, guys getting paid a lot of money, guys trying to get paid. It’s tough.”
This is the new reality, after the once-promising Boston Celtics turned into the city’s greatest sports disappointment, in a season that crumbled, cracked and collapsed all year long, a season that finally — mercifully, some might say — perished on Wednesday night in Milwaukee.
As time went on, it became clear that this year’s Celtics team was not going to be what we all thought it would be. After the Celtics reached Game 7 of the conference finals last year without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, after LeBron James threw up deuces to the Eastern Conference, after some tremendous playoff experience gained by the highly talented young core, and after the return of Irving and Hayward, everything was laid out for the Celtics to stroll to the NBA Finals. Against the mighty Warriors, they’d have a puncher’s chance.
Alas, a dreadfully disappointing regular season — one full of drama, infighting, and eyebrow-raising quotes on a regular basis — the championship expectations were lowered. By everyone.
But then … a four-game sweep of the Pacers … and an absolute beatdown of the top-seeded Bucks in Game 1 of the conference semifinals. We all shared a brain in thinking … maybe this team really *does* have enough talent to “flip the switch” and roll right into the Finals. IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING.
Heading into the season, it seemed like the Celtics were in a great spot at the point guard position. Now, with their season over and their future murky, they may be left without either of their two guards next season.
And with that strong postseason start, you started to hear about the Boston Slam. The Grand Salami of sports, all concentrated in the Hub of the Universe, all sitting in The City on the Hill, all hanging out in … the City of Notions? (That’s a real nickname for Boston? You learn something new every day, folks.)
It was all happening. And the world was bracing itself for the worst, and preparing for even worse.
Boston, a city that has hosted six Super Bowl parades, four World Series parades and one parade apiece for the Stanley Cup and Larry O’Brien Trophy, all since February 2002? A city with a complete and utter embarrassment of riches with regard to sports success.
This was the city that the sports gods wanted to reward with the holiest tetrad. A World Series. A Super Bowl. A Stanley Cup. An NBA title. In rapid succession, over a span of eight months.
Thanos was lining up his infinity stones for Boston as the rest of North America looked on in horror. There was nothing anybody could do to stop it.
It was going to be a historical moment, a capstone for a two-decade run of dominance for the city of Boston and the people of New England.
But then, rather quickly, it was no longer happening. After a 22-point win on the road over the Bucks, the Celtics lost Game 2 by 21 points. Then they lost Game 3 by seven. Then Game 4 by a dozen.
Kyrie Irving was falling apart. The rest of the team followed his lead. (Maybe he really is a leader.)
In Game 5, with a chance to at least show some fight, the Celtics did not. They were outscored in every single quarter en route to a 25-point blowout loss to put the season out of its misery.
And so, the dream (or nightmare, depending upon your geographical positioning in this world) is dead. The city of Boston won’t enjoy four pro sports championships in an eight-month window.
Less than 24 hours after the Celtics’ season ended with a dense thud, the Bruins will open their conference finals on home ice. We’ll have to just wait and see if the local fans can find the strength, resiliency and courage to actually show up to the Garden.
It won’t be easy, but at this devastating moment in American history, Boston sports fans just might be able to pull through.
(Sympathy cards from sports fans who live in New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Toronto, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Phoenix, Buffalo, and St. Louis can send them over to Boston’s City Hall. Some despondent worker will persevere in order to sort them all out and ensure they get delivered.)