After storming out of the gate with a 4-0 first-round sweep against the Pacers, the Celtics are facing elimination against the Bucks, down 3-1 and heading to Milwaukee on Wednesday.
While Kyrie Irving is not the only reason for Boston’s sudden predicament, he certainly could have done more. His struggles started on Friday night when he went a measly 8/22 from the field. After that game, he assured the world he wouldn’t repeat that awful performance for Game 4 — only to go 7/22 the very next game.
Technically, he was right pic.twitter.com/mRzz9Yna8L
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 7, 2019
In case you could not tell, Twitter had a field day.
— ️randon (@b_wilkinson99) May 7, 2019
— KJ (@OakWoodKJ) May 7, 2019
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 7, 2019
On a more serious tone, the Celtics are in serious danger of not only getting knocked out of the playoff picture but losing Kyrie come this summer. Even in spite of Kyrie’s lackluster performance, the other team’s star must step up if they want to come back in this series.
As for Kyrie himself, it still hinges on him. If he continues his shooting struggles, Boston’s season will be cut short. It is time for him to prove he can be the leader his team needs him to be — it is time to be the leader he left Cleveland to be.