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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving praises Clippers coaching staff’s work on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Boston Celtics star point guard Kyrie Irving has nothing but the highest of praise for the L.A. Clippers’ coaching staff’s hard work on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

While Irving has nothing but good things to say about Clippers players, other reports suggest that he’s ready to see the Celtics get out of Los Angeles after the Clippers delivered an old-fashioned beat-down to the boys from Boston Monday night.

With the team reeling heading into a major four-game West Coast road trip, the Boston Celtics flipped the script, leaving California with three, losing the fourth game to the Clippers, 140-115.

They had a statement win over the Golden State Warriors, then a nail-biting finish over the Sacramento Kings followed by a response to the disappointing loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers in February, so Kyrie Irving had no problem telling reporters the road trip went well following Monday’s loss.

Irving told as much to Nick Friar of USA Today when he was asked about it:

“We were successful on this road trip. We came here to go 4-0. Obviously, we didn’t have that, we went 3-1. Now we go back home and finish business. We gotta keep it moving. Our level of play obviously has to be at a certain level in order to be successful and we know what we need to do. We need to get outta here. We need to get outta LA. Ain’t no disrespect to any LA natives, I love being out here, but, yeah, we need to get outta here.”

The Celtics remain seated as the fifth-placed team in the conference, armed with a 41-27 record.