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Hostilities to renew as ex-Celtic Kyrie Irving’s season may end in Boston

BOSTON — In retrospect, Kyrie Irving said he should have bowed to the banner and the leprechaun. Now he’s the opponent who will need a miracle to stop the Celtics from winning their 18th championship. “You have to be respectful here. I think that was a struggle at first, trying to figure out how to […]

Kyrie Irving opens up on not fitting in with Celtics ‘cult’

Kyrie Irving didn’t play well in Boston. But he has a chance to bounce back in Game 5 on Monday night. The Celtics led the Mavericks 3-1 in the NBA Finals but missed an opportunity for a historic sweep, losing 122-84 and getting one more chance to exact revenge against the team Irving spoke fondly […]

Kyrie Irving tells Celtics fans he’ll be back for Game 5 after loss

Kyrie Irving made it clear to Celtics fans that this won’t be the last we see of him in Boston. As he left the court after a 105-98 loss to Boston in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, Irving appeared to raise his hand multiple times to indicate the number 5, meaning the […]

Kyrie Irving cannot be found when it matters most in NBA Finals

BOSTON — Where is Kyrie Irving? You all know who I’m talking about: the man who made the biggest shot in NBA Finals history, the best-handling guard in the history of the league, and the guy who scored 30 or more points six times in these playoffs alone. Irving disappeared again, Houdini-like, under July Holiday’s […]

Kyrie Irving’s plan for vitriolic Celtics fan: ‘Breathe through it’

BOSTON — Clearly in a better place, playing and feeling more comfortable, than he did during his disastrous season in Brooklyn, Kyrie Irving says he’ll take a contemplative approach to the hostility he expects from the Celtics crowd in Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday. “You just have to breathe and get through it,” […]

Kyrie Irving regrets flipping off Celtics fans in 2022 incident

The last time Kyrie Irving stepped onto the court at TD Garden, it wasn’t in the playoffs, the Mavericks star acknowledged. Irving said Monday that an incident during the 2022 playoffs in which he gave the middle finger to Celtics fans while still a member of the Nets “doesn’t reflect well on who I am […]

Kyrie Irving’s Boston return stands out among NBA Finals storylines 

Kyrie Irving will almost certainly be subjected to some vulgar chants. Celtics fans lashed out at the Mavericks star, who told them he intended to re-sign with Boston but ended up teaming up with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn. This is the storyline of all storylines in the upcoming NBA Finals: Irving returns to Boston as […]

Kenny Smith called Stephen A. Smith over Kyrie Irving criticism

Kenny Smith said he called Stephen A. Smith about his criticism of Kyrie Irving during the 2022 season when the “First Take” host got into an altercation with the Mavericks star. During TNT’s pregame show on Tuesday ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Mavericks and Timberwolves, Kenny explained how he […]

Kyrie Irving trolls Timberwolves’ Game 4 ‘Super Bowl’

Kyrie Irving was having some fun before Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. The Mavericks guard was all smiles during warmups at the American Airlines Center in Dallas as he poked fun at the Timberwolves, who were trailing 3-0 in the series heading into Tuesday’s game. “It’s OK. This is their Super Bowl,” Irving […]

Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving power Mavericks to Game 3 win

DALLAS — Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving scored 33 points apiece and the Dallas Mavericks again came up with a string of big plays late on Sunday night to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-107 and take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. The Mavericks finished with a 14-3 run to clinch their fifth […]