Celtics news: Marcus Smart is sick of hearing about Kyrie Irving
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Marcus Smart is sick of hearing about Kyrie Irving

Marcus Smart, Kyrie Irving

If you’re a reporter covering the Boston Celtics, you might want to stop asking Marcus Smart about Kyrie Irving.

After the Celtics lost to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, Smart said he’s sick of hearing about Irving and wants people to focus on the players who are in Boston at the moment:

Irving averaged 23.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.9 assists last season for the Celtics while shooting 48.7 percent from the field, 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 87.3 percent from the free-throw line. He made the All-NBA Second Team, but wasn’t able to lead Boston to a deep postseason run.

The Celtics lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 2019 playoffs in five games. Irving decided to leave the team in free agency and signed a four-year deal with the Nets this summer, ending his two-year run in Boston.

Smart, Celtics president Danny Ainge and head coach Brad Stevens have said multiple times that the team’s shortcomings in the 2018-19 season can’t be solely placed on Irving’s shoulders. The fans in Boston, though, will continue to hate Irving moving forward.

The Celtics love what they have in Kemba Walker, who replaced Irving. It’s time for the reporters in Boston to stop asking about Irving and move on from last season because it’s clear the players have.