Celtics Notes: Kyrie Irving Reacts To Bucks’ Thrashing Of Celtics

This is how the Boston Celtics head into the offseason

Kyrie Irving had a fourth straight awful game, going 6-for-21 - including 1-for-7 from 3-point range - to bump his totals over Boston's four straight losses to a remarkable 25-for-81 from the floor. And they'll likely get their wish because as Rose pointed out, Brad Stevens and the Celtics have a set system - and Irving doesn't appear to be a fit anymore.

After Wednesday's loss, Irving gave no real hints about his future. You got Ersan [Ilyasova] and George [Hill], they're just leading that second unit and I think Giannis [Antetokounmpo] and Khris [Middleton] did a great job leading that group as well as E-Bled [Eric Bledsoe] coming in filling in where he could as well.

"Truth be told, it's no time to be disappointed", Kyrie Irving told reporters. "See my family, decompress, do what human beings do", said Irving. You have to be able to move on to what's next, play better, and not play what I would call somewhat haphazard. How hard the Celtics pursue him could be tied to what Irving decides to do this summer. That moment absolutely came before the season's final buzzer. The Celtics and Rozier's camp held extension discussions last fall, on the heels of Rozier's strong performance in the 2018 playoffs in place of the injured Irving.

Closing out a series by 25 is a good feeling, but what made the night even better for Milwaukee was the solid return of guard Malcolm Brogdon from a foot injury.

Kyrie Irving had 15 points to top the Celtics, who had beaten the Bucks in five of their previous six postseason head-to-heads.

"Because I've been dealing with some bulls-t", Rozier said, per The Athletic's Jay King.

If it's going to happen again, Irving assured he's not going to be gun-shy about taking shots.

Prior to a game against the Knicks, Irving was asked about his commitment to the Celtics, to which he replied, "ask me July 1st", while stressing he didn't owe anybody anything. They're doing things to test you. And Antetokounmpo gave a speech to his teammates before the game, firing them up for what was about to unfold.

The Boston Celtics are expected to undergo serious changes over the offseason and frankly, could use them. The crowd roared, Antetokounmpo shook his fist in the air, and at center court a board was updated from "9" to "8" in counting down how many more wins the Bucks need for a championship. That's not really my lane, [though] I'm certainly consulted on it.

If a Game 6 is needed, it would be played Friday in Boston. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 39 points with 16 rebounds on 15 of 22 shooting. The Celtics could make Theis and Wanamaker restricted free agents if they extend one-year qualifying offers to them.

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