WATCH: Kyrie Irving gives middle finger to TD Garden crowd

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WATCH: Kyrie gives middle finger to TD Garden crowd ... twice originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Meet Kyrie Irving's new paradigm, same as the old paradigm.

Days after the former Boston Celtics point guard said that he hoped fans could reflect on some of the highlights he left at TD Garden, Irving certainly created another memorable highlight for fans to remember when he appeared to flip his middle finger in the third quarter of Boston's postseason opener against the Brooklyn Nets.

For someone who's said he's moved on from his disappointing Celtics tenure, Irving continues to re-open the wound at seemingly every opportunity.

Irving was booed mercifully prior to tip-off of Game 1 of the Easter Conference quarterfinals, a trend which is sure to continue for as long as this series goes ... and for as long as Irving continues to visit TD Garden as a visitor, be it for the Nets or another team down the line.

To Irving's credit, he had a performance for the ages otherwise in Game 1, dropping 39 points on 12 of 20 shooting on the Celtics. Still, it wasn't quite enough.

He also had this for some fans a little later ...