MIAMI – Kyrie Irving couldn’t shake off the frustration of Thursday night’s loss against the Heat minutes after the final buzzer.
It bothered him so much that he figured the best thing for him to do was to get some shots up in an effort to lessen the pain of dropping a 16-point loss against the Heat. Irving doesn’t always do this immediately after losing a game, but the All-Star guard felt compelled to do so in order to shake off the loss and prepare for Saturday’s matchup against the Magic.
“That’s my job, right? Irving asked. “It’s always good to get some extra work after a tough loss. I mean, they shot extremely well. They did some great things tonight, have to give credit to the Heat team, they came prepared – made some big shots. We just couldn’t get that run.
“(The lead) shrunk down a little bit smaller. I just wanted to get some extra shots and feel good going into the next game. We’re staying over in Miami, so I rather be in here than be out in Miami right now.”
It was an interesting move by the All-Star point guard, considering he didn’t have a bad shooting night. Irving finished 10-of-19 from the floor to go with his 5 assists, he led his team in scoring but would have gladly traded that stat line for a win. Instead, the Heat topped the Celtics, 115-99, snapping Boston’s four-game winning streak.
The Celtics at one point trailed the Heat by 26 points before going on a 21-3 run that pulled themselves to within single digits before Miami poured it on in the final frame. However, maybe that wasn’t the only thing that was bothering Irving.
Maybe he needed to clear his head of not just the loss but of the hurdles that came with it, obstacles that Irving and the Celtics have faced all season long while trying to become the best version of themselves. The latest transgression between Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown certainly stood out, following Thursday’s loss.
In the video, you see a visibly frustrated look on Irving’s face second after Morris and Brown were separated. Not assuming it’s the sole reason that led to the improptu shooting session, however, maybe the tension between teammates is just another thing that he’s growing tired of seeing at this point in the season.
Although Irving smiled a lot throughout his scrum with the media, the shooting session seemed like the best way for him to clear his mind at the time and focus on the Celtics’ next game in Orlando.
“I just want to feel good about it,” Irving explained. “It’s just good to get some shots up, just release some stress a little bit. After a tough loss off a back-to-back, it’s just good to see a shot go in a little bit. It’s just therapeutic.”
— Josue Pavón (@Joe_Sway) January 11, 2019
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