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Boston Celtics Kyrie’s Aggression: More than Words

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Kyrie Already Making His Mark In Boston

Last Friday night, Kyrie Irving told a Philadelphia 76ers fan to “s**k” his “d**k”.

Irving hollered these “choice words” at a heckler, as he was exiting the tunnel after halftime. 

If you read beyond the petulance of his overreaction, it becomes apparent that something is seriously up with Boston’s superstar.

After all, being asked “where’s LeBron” can’t be the most offensive jab that Irving has ever received from a critic. Clearly, the fan struck a point of vulnerability here.

Nonetheless, Irving failed to bite his tongue. And he failed to do so in a major ($25,000 fine) kind of way.

Since the incident, Kyrie’s psychology has been at the center of a media firestorm. He remains unremorseful and he still hasn’t offered anything that remotely resembles an apology.

This is not normal.

Irving’s aggressive response, to such mild heckling, betrays just how frustrated he is with his start here in Boston. 

More than Kyrie Bargained for

Perhaps the mere mention of LeBron James brought it to the forefront of Irving’s mind – he is now indisputably “the guy” on this Celtics team.

Ostensibly this is exactly what Kyrie Irving was asking for, when he publicly demanded to be traded from the Cavaliers, this past summer. The 25-year-old guard wanted to empirically prove, to himself and to fans, that he had the talent necessary to stand alone in the limelight. He no longer wanted to be considered a sidekick, as he was under LeBron’s wing in Cleveland.

But when he signed on with the C’s, Irving did not anticipate that he would become this primary of a leader. Remember that Gordon Hayward was supposed to be his formidable second in command – the Spock to Irving’s Kirk. Kyrie expected to have a secondary star, like Hayward, to dish the ball off to, if and when he was having an off-night.

Well, Kyrie Irving is now riding solo, and the training-wheels are most certainly off.

With Hayward out for the season, Kyrie will find no cushion to fall back onto. If he’s having one of those off-nights, there’s no longer an established star to coddle him to the finish line.

This situation, in Boston, has quickly mutated into the gauntlet that Kyrie Irving needs in order to prove himself. But it has happened unexpectedly and without his permission. It seems that the implications, of being the singular leader on a young team, are just now resonating with Irving.

Feeling the Pressure

Another explanation for Kyrie’s inexcusable outburst could be the fact that he has not lived up to expectations thus far.

Relatively speaking, Jaylen Brown has outperformed Kyrie Irving, through the first 3 games. Brown is averaging just 2.7 fewer points per game than Irving, this season. And the former did not receive such a bombastic and promise-saturated introduction at the beginning of the year.

Kyrie Irving is supposed to be the final and largest piece to the Celtics’ puzzle. He has not been producing like that type of player.

Boston has barely played a fraction of their 2017-18 season. But make no mistake, Kyrie Irving is already feeling the piercing heat of this kitchen. He knows that Boston will flip on a player quicker than you can say “Bill Buckner”.

Green Teamers are an impassioned yet fickle bunch. We do not tolerate failure for too long. Especially when a player is over-hyped like Kyrie Irving was after being obtained by the Celtics.

Fans are rapidly discovering how the Kyrie experiment is going to turn out, and the forecast is not looking very pretty. Irving’s recent transgression tells us that he is well aware of the maelstrom of disappointment that is brewing around him. He is now at the intersection of what will be one of the defining moments in his career.

Irving and the Celtics will look to take a step in the right direction, when they take on the New York Knicks, Tuesday night.

Columnist operating out of Manchester, NH. Retired pitcher (unprofessional not amateur). Voracious consumer of all things Celtics and Red Sox. Sometimes I produce content as well.

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Celtics Loss To Cavs Meaningless For The Moment

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The Boston Celtics were handed a blowout loss at home on Sunday at the Garden by LeBron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sunday’s blowout was drowned out by Paul Pierce‘s #34 being raised into the rafters post-game, but even 24 hours later the loss’s long-term impact is still very unclear. Reason for the lack of clarity is that the Cavaliers showcased their brand new lineup on Sunday with no real gameplan other than playing basketball and running the ball through James. For the Celtics, they had no idea how to prepare for this Cavs team with no video available to prepare for the game.

With no video, Brad Stevens and company was delegated to shooting off the hip and having his squad ill-prepared for a highly important Sunday game. Of course, the team’s lack of preparation is troubling from a big picture perspective. But in the moment it is hard to blame though.

Boston’s lack of competitiveness in this particular game can be attributed to seeing essentially a new team for the first time. There play over the last couple of weeks has been highly troubling. Boston had a barn burner of a month in December but since then they have looked out of sync and seem to be playing less than 100%.

The best Boston has looked in 2018 came when the team as a whole stepped up in the absence of Kyrie Irving for a few games in January. But the team hasn’t played a full game which is something that Al Horford admitted after Sunday’s loss.

Coach Stevens made a comment earlier in the season about not stepping off the gas at this particular point in the season. But it appears the team hasn’t heeded his warning as they look at rebound and get back on the right track.

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Who Is The More Iconic #34 In Boston? David Ortiz Or Paul Pierce?

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A player who donned the number 34 jersey is having his number retired in his honor on Sunday. The player happens to be Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce who wore the number during his Celtics tenure. But Pierce played much of his carrer in Boston, a town that happens to have another player with the number 34 that was also retired.

The other player is former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz whose number 34 jersey was retired by Boston this past season.

So while both are legendary in their own rights with potential hall of fame careers, who is the more iconic? When I say the number 34 who do you think of?

Well, the tale of the tape might be simple. Ortiz led the Red Sox to 3 World Series titles and helped the franchise win its first title in 86 seasons. Pierce, on the other hand, holds one NBA title to his name with it coming back in 2008 when his Celtics team brought home the franchises 17th NBA Championship.

But looking at it in a simple numbers to numbers perspective simply isn’t fair to either player. Basketball and baseball are two completely different sports. Both are legends in Boston and their meaning to the city and the fans hold a lasting impact. For that reason I leave it up to you, the readers to determine who is the more iconic #34. Ortiz or Pierce?

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Boston Celtics Trade Talk Quiet At The Moment As Former Players Move Around

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Ahead of the NBA trade deadline the Boston Celtics have remained relatively quiet from all accounts. Of course Danny Ainge is doing his due diligence by looking into every possible avenue, but for now, Boston is staying put according to a report by Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

Just because the Celtics are being quiet doesn’t mean players with connections to the team aren’t moving around.

Earlier on Thursday Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder who were traded this offseason were both traded out of Cleveland to the Los Angeles Lakers. Another name connected to Boston is former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins who is now a favorite to land into one of Clevland’s open roster spots according to reports.

In the Eastern Conference, the only team with playoff hopes to really shake up their rosters was Cleveland. Washington, Milwaukee, and Toronto all stayed relatively quiet.

Boston’s deal with Greg Monroe is expected to be official shortly with the team also expected to be “highly” active in the buyout market.

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