Nets’ Kyrie Irving Hits Out At People Criticizing His Relationships with Former Teammates

Published 03/12/2021, 7:00 AM EST
Mar 11, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots a three point shot in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets continued their demolition run as they beat the Boston Celtics tonight. They were led by Kyrie Irving, who showed no mercy to his former team. But his ruthlessness lasted only during the game, as he embraced his former teammates after the win.

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Since his move to the Nets, Irving has often been criticized for being a ‘locker room menace’ in Boston. However, his post-game love for his former Celtics teammates has proven that those rumors are false and exaggerated. During the post-game interview, reporters asked Irving about this incident.

Irving replied, “Big surprise, huh, to a lot of people? All that sh*t talking about me and all the relationships I have with every teammate of mine.”

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It is a slap in the face to all who criticized him unfairly. Along with that, his excellent on-court performance would have made the criticisms against him even more unsubstantiated.

Nets star Kyrie Irving doesn’t spare his former team

Playing in their 10th game without Kevin Durant, the Nets had a tough task against the Celtics. But right from the start, Irving stepped up as their leader and led by example. He finished with 40 points, eight rebounds, and three assists, as he destroyed the Celtics defense.

His jump shot was lethal tonight, as well as his finishing, and the Celtics were helpless. The return of defensive stalwart Marcus Smart wasn’t enough for them, as Irving cooked him throughout the game. He shot 15-23 from the field and 5-8 from three. James Harden was struggling to score, but Irving’s masterclass bailed them out.

This isn’t the first time he has had a big game against his former team. The last time they faced each other on Christmas Day earlier in the season, Irving gave them buckets. He had 37 points as the Nets crushed the Celtics by 28 points. So with a total of 77 points, Irving has the fifth-highest total points for a player in his first two games against his former team.

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Irving’s teammates have also noticed this. Landry Shamet said that Irving torches every team in the league, but he saves his best for the Celtics.

The Nets are cruising right now, despite Durant not playing. Opposition teams will be worried about how worse it gets for them when he returns.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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