Video: Nets fans chant ‘Kyrie’s better’ at Celtics’ Kemba Walker
Though he wasn’t with the team due to a shoulder injury, Boston Celtics fans hurled chants and boos in Kyrie Irving’s direction during Wednesday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets inside TD Garden. The two teams met again on Friday afternoon, and Nets fans wanted to return the favor to Kemba Walker.
Walker was fouled in the early stages of the first quarter. As he prepared to take his shots at the stripe, the Barclays Center crowd chanted “Kyrie’s better” at the star guard:
Brooklyn claps back at Celtics fans during Kemba's free throws: “Kyrie’s better” 🗣 pic.twitter.com/0ZZTWJzB3u
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Irving was ruled out of Friday’s game against his former team due to his shoulder ailment. The former Duke standout was re-evaluated before the matchup, and an update is expected to be given afterward.
Irving, who also missed his return trip to Cleveland, has made 11 appearances with the Nets thus far, racking up averages of 28.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting from the field (34.1 percent from beyond the arc), 7.2 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 33.8 minutes per outing.
Walker returned from a neck injury for Wednesday night’s meeting against the Nets, scoring a season-high 39 points and leading the Celtics to a 121-110 victory.
Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson says he didn’t pay much attention to the “Kyrie sucks” chants in Boston:
“I don’t give a second thought,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said, via ESPN. “Just tune it out.”
Following Friday’s matchup against the Celtics, Brooklyn will serve as hosts to the Miami Heat. Sunday’s tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. ET.