4 thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s baffling playoff performance

The days of Marcus Smart just being a spectator for the series against Milwaukee could be over. The Celtics catalyst was upgraded to questionable for Monday’s Game 4 at TD Garden

The Celtics were 5-0, sweeping IN and getting Game 1 of this series IN Milwaukee.

The Boston Celtics, who have been a mess all season, are still a major mess.

During the season, only 13.2 percent of his possessions were in isolation, and he scored 0.98 points per isolation possession, shooting 45.8 percent.

The Celtics and Irving, who averaged 23.8 points, 6.9 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game this season, have had a tumultuous season and now trail Milwaukee, 3-1 in their best-of-seven second round National Basketball Association playoff series.

As the final seconds ticked off the clock at TD Garden on Monday night, Kyrie Irving marched off the court well ahead of his Celtics teammates.

The Celtics will be hoping that changes Wednesday, when they return to Milwaukee with a daunting task in front of them: having to win three straight games against a team that has yet to lose three games in a row all season.

Smith made it clear he still thinks Hayward is a talented player, but he, like most others, knows the forward was not where he needed to be physically to start the year.

Irving's point was that his shooting isn't just about makes and misses - he needs to remain aggressive. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line.

The quote summed up the theme of Irving's sentiment after the game. Then came a pair of clunkers to open the second round and three-point shooting numbers in this series (5%) that would make most 7-footers blush. But he was 7 for 22 from the floor, including 1 for 7 from 3-point range; after leading all scorers with 26 points in Boston's Game 1 blowout, he has made 19 of 62 shots and just 4 of 20 from 3-point range. With a win, the Bucks could extend their series lead to 3-1, an all-but insurmountable lead in a seven-game series.

So, Rodgers is pretty pleased with how the Bucks have been playing lately.

When Bledsoe sat in the third quarter of Game 4, the Celtics led by two. In a game-defining third quarter, Milwaukee outscored the Celtics, 33-23.

Early on, the Celtics looked energized, particularly on defense where they frustrated the Bucks and took an eight point advantage into the second quarter.

The New York Knicks reportedly haven't been given any assurances Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant will sign with them in free agency this summer, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

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