It has been a rough offensive stretch for Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, to say the least.
Over the past three games of Boston’s Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Milwaukee Bucks — all of which were losses for the Celtics — Irving shot just 19-of-62 from the field.
While he put up 23 points in the Celtics’ 113-101 loss in Game 4 on Monday, Irving went just 7-of-22 from the field, and 1-of-7 from the 3-point line.
“Who cares?” Irving said when asked about the stretch on Monday. “I’m a basketball player. I prepare the right way. Like I said, it’s a little different when your rhythm is challenged every play down. You’re being picked up full court. They’re doing things to test you. The expectations on me are going to be sky high.”
While taking 22 shots and making only seven of them might curtail some shooters, Irving says he should have shot more on Monday night at TD Garden.
“For me, the 22 shots, I should have shot 30,” Irving said. “I’m that great of a shooter, so I think that just the consistency of just going at it, staying aggressive, is always going to put us in a great position.”
After their Game 4 loss, Kyrie was asked about going 19-62 FG over the last 3 games.
"Who cares? ... For me, the 22 shots, I should’ve shot 30." pic.twitter.com/R3TlkfAnyC
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 7, 2019
The Celtics have dropped three straight to the Bucks, and are in a 3-1 hole heading into Game 5 on Wednesday night in Milwaukee. If Boston is going to keep its postseason alive, Irving shooting well is going to be a huge part of that.
Irving, however, said he isn’t feeling pressure heading into the matchup at Fiserv Forum, and that his confidence in his team is “unwavering.”
Celtics coach Brad Stevens knows what’s at stake — and he’s excited for the uphill battle.
“I’m looking forward to that challenge.” Stevens said. “We don’t want to be in this position, but we are. We’ve got to go to Milwaukee and do everything we can to give ourselves a chance to play here on Friday night.”
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 7, 2019
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