Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is still unhappy with Jamal Murray's last-ditch effort to hit 50 points in Monday's game.
Murray led his Denver Nuggets to a 115-107 victory over the Celtics. He stood at 48 points and began to dribble out the clock as time expired, only to attempt one last three-pointer in hopes of reaching 51 points.
An angry Irving took the ball after the game and threw it into the stands. After that, he told reporters that it was "BS move," though Irving would also congratulate Murray for the 48-point effort.
Irving was given a $25,000 fine for throwing the ball in the stands, and he's still unhappy with Murray's last-second heave from Monday's contest. Per Chris Waler of theScore, Irving called the fine "well deserved," and accused Murray of lacking professionalism.
"Obviously you've won the game, you have it sealed," Irving said. "You had a great game, the game of your life, and then you do something like that. It's just petty, it's immature. We'll see him again, though...That's just so thirsty of a player to just go after something like that."
Murray's 48 points tied Steve Nash for the most in a single game by a Canadian, and he was just one basket away from setting a record. Irving is right in pointing out that players traditionally don't take last-second shots like that when the game is already decided.
But can you really blame Murray for trying to make history? His Nuggets are off to a blistering 9-1 start, and the Kitchener native was simply enjoying a career moment against a very dangerous Boston team.
Murray later apologized for his actions, and after congratulating him in the post-game interviews, it sounded like Irving was over it. Instead, we have more reason to anxiously await their next meeting on March 18 in Boston.