Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving said Monday he will no longer question his teammates.
"Sometimes I may come off and say things – never mind my teammates in public like that again, "Irving told reporters. "I just want to win so bad."
Irving had, on the other hand, called out Boston's 105-103 loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday. With 2.7 seconds remaining against the Magic, Gordon Hayward forwarded the ball to Jayson Tatum, who hoisted a 21-footer that bounced off the rim as time expired. Visibly upset about the final sequence, Irving faced Hayward on the floor about his decision to pass to Tatum, as opposed to Al Horford. The frustrations from the night were not limited to the potential buzzer-beater, however, as the Celtics blew a double digit, second-half lead to an inferior opponent.
"It does not matter who you're going against, "Irving said after Saturday's loss. "It matters the type of preparation you have [and] what you're going to and trying to accomplish. What's the big picture? What are we doing here? These are things I do not think are some of my teammates have faced every single day. "
" It's not easy to be great: the things you're doing, that's your entire career by that in a certain situation and you've got away with your youth and stuff like that, being on a championship ball club, you can not get away with that, "he continued. "We're better than most teams in this league.
Irving, who has harped on the younger players' inability to grasp the bigger picture at times, attributed his remarks to pure competitiveness. During shootaround ahead of Monday's Celtics-Nets game, Irving said he never wants to be a moment. He said his critical post-commentary stemmed from his constant desire for "taste" victory and his deep-rooted obsession with basketball.
"I believe in this organization, and I want to be successful," he said.
Irving Wants Miss Monday's game in Brooklyn. "
Irving wants to miss Monday's game in Brooklyn due to a right quad contusion.