The NBA announced on Tuesday Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 for throwing the ball into the stands after the Celtics’ loss to the Nuggets on Monday night.
— Abby Chin (@tvabby) November 6, 2018
Irving was upset after Jamal Murray apparently violated an unwritten rule at the end of the game. Murray scored a career-high 49 points and attempted a three-pointer in the final seconds instead of dribbling to run out the clock.
— The 3 Point Conversion (@3ptCnvrsn) November 6, 2018
Irving explained to reporters why he did what he did in response: “The ball deserves to go in the crowd after a (expletive) move like that, so I threw it in the crowd.”
“I mean, what kind of competitor wouldn’t it bother?” he said. “I understand if we fouled him, going to the free-throw line. I don’t want to make a big deal out of it. Obviously, I was pissed at the game, but it’s time to decompress and move on. Congratulations to him having 48 points. He did it in a great fashion against us. Our defense has to be better especially against a player like that in the pick-and-roll. He was the primary concern tonight and he made us pay in certain instances of making some tough shots and some tough layups.”
Kyrie Irving admits he was bothered by Jamal Murray’s late shot for 50 (called it a “bullshit move”). But stressed he didn’t want to make a big deal of it and praised Murray’s performance overall. pic.twitter.com/avJyodr7dS
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) November 6, 2018
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