Celtics’ Kyrie Irving frustrated at Gordon Hayward after final play vs. Magic
Kyrie was frustrated with Gordon Hayward and Celtics' last shot 😬 pic.twitter.com/sqnaW8amkq
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The Magic, winners of four of the last five meetings against the Celtics, were up 105-103 with 2.9 seconds left. Boston had the ball in the final possession, but Jayson Tatum missed a tightly-contested fadeaway jumper as the buzzer sounded.
Frustrated, Irving then went towards Hayward and had some choice words for him. The latter was responsible for the inbounds pass that eventually led to the missed jumper by Tatum.
It is unclear what Kyrie Irving told Gordon Hayward during that sequence. He couldn’t have done anything productive, given that he’s in the backcourt when Hayward made the pass. But based on his hand gestures, Irving was clearly pointing out to Al Horford’s direction during the final play. It is possible that the All-Star guard wanted Hayward to pass the ball to Horford, who could’ve stepped back and attempted a three-pointer to win the game.
Horford is shooting 35 percent from three-point distance this season.
Kyrie Irving finished with 25 points, five rebounds, and six assists.
The Celtics’ season has been up and down so far. After reaching the Eastern Conference Finals last year, they were expected to be one of the top teams again this year, especially with the return of Irving and Hayward. However, the team has been inconsistent through the first 42 games.
They’re still in the upper echelon of the playoff race in the East, but for the Celtics to struggle like this is a bit surprising to many.