BOSTON – As the final few seconds in TD Garden on Monday night left the clock, Kyrie Irving marched far ahead of his Celtics team-mate. He dismounted from the yard and the long corridor outside Boston's locker room so fast that when he ducked into the door and disappeared from view, none of his teammates had even reached it.
It's understandable why Irving wanted to leave court so quickly The last three games of this Eastern Conference semi-finals ̵
And after his last Dud Monday night, he went 7 out of 22 points, scoring 23 points in Boston's 113-101 game 4 against Milwaukee Bucks – the Celtics are about to go home for the summer.
"I missed shots," Irving said. "Shots just did not go in. You go out and get ready, like I said, sometimes they go in, sometimes they do not.
" They're loading well, too. They make the color appear crowded when I drive or wherever I go to the square, see two or three bodies, sometimes even four.
"Now is the time to prepare for Game 5."
Irving has gone 19:62 (31 percent) out of the field in the last three games. These 43 missed field-goal attempts are the most missed by Irving in the playoffs over three games, according to ESPN Stats & Information Research.
It is not surprising that Boston's fortune scratched along with Irving's faulty knight. The Celtics expected to win Game 1 in a convincing manner to gain home-field advantage in this series – and it seemed as if all Bucks error observers in the league were wondering if anyone in the play-offs was exploiting throughout the season would be the last three in a row to be shockingly on the verge of elimination.
Irving, however, remained defiant that his shot would eventually fall.
"Who cares?" Irving answered a question about his shooting pains. "I'm a basketball player, prepare for the right path, as I said, it's a little bit different when your rhythm is challenged every game, they're full, you do things to test you."  "The expectations of me will be sky-high, I try to exploit their aggression against them and still try my teammates in a great position while I'm still aggressive, I try to do all that."
"For me the 22 shots? I should have shot 30. I'm such a great shooter. "
He was certainly not a Monday, but on the other hand, it was not his teammates, as the Celtics scored 37.8 percent off the ground and 9 out of 41 (22 percent) out of the 3-point area Among the undisputed jumpers, the Celtics were 14 out of 39 and the 6 to 26 from the 3-point range, while Irving himself was 1 for 7 and 0 for 4.
The Celtics were aggressive at the start of the game They had to free themselves from the regular jumps they lost in Game 3 and score 44 points in the color after scoring only 24 points in Game 3. They even reached both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton – Milwaukee's two all-stars – to catch up with their fourth foul in the middle of the third quarter and seemingly give Boston a chance to control the game They were 22:13 in the final 8:18 of the third, while Antetokounmpo with four foul s looked at the bank from the bank. Although Boston made a few runs in the fourth run to make things more interesting, at no time did the Celtics seriously endanger themselves within five years.
"I'm sorry to say that, but our offense dictates our defense," Marcus Morris said. We're not going back.
"I feel like we're a bit soft.
The Celtics hope that this will change on Wednesday when they return to Milwaukee with a daunting task ahead of them: having to win three season games against a team that has lost three games in a row throughout the season. 19659004] It is a scenario in which Irving found himself – when he starred LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and he and the Cavaliers fought against defending Golden State Warriors with a 1-1 win over the NBA title
Irving, of course, took the game win in Game 7 of the series and despite his own play and that of his team-mates, who were not nearly good enough in the last three games, he said he remained confident that the Celtics had what it took
"It's unshakeable," he said when asked where his trust in the Celtics was at that time. "It's the basketball game. At this point we obviously understand the X and O. It's just about trying to better manage the game. "
If the Celtics do not do this on Wednesday, Boston's season ends in Milwaukee – and with it, Irving's time with the Celtics Be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and this long walk down the hallway on Monday night could be the last time Irving has been doing it as a Celtic if he wants to go elsewhere in July, down the court and down the hallway, which went through his head.
"The game was over," Irving said.