During an embarrassing blowout at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, the Boston Celtics were greeted with quite a chant by fans in the Barclays Center, who seemingly think All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is on his way out of Beantown.
In the fourth quarter, with the Nets leading 92-66, fans began taunting the Celtics by chanting "Kyrie's leaving," while Daniel Theis was shooting free throws.
🗣 "Kyrie's leaving"— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 15, 2019
Celtics are getting blown out by the Nets and Brooklyn fans aren't holding back 😳 pic.twitter.com/cfbHJbRoWn
Irving sat out Monday's game due to soreness in his thigh. The Celtics would go on a run the rest of the way to close the gap, but they ultimately fell 109-102 to the surging Nets.
Boston has now lost three games in a row, and many Nets fans in attendance had some fun in rubbing the victory in all the more.
Irving is likely to opt out of his contract in order to become a free agent this offseason. However, it's widely expected that the 26-year-old will re-sign with Boston anyway. Irving verbally committed to signing a new contract with the Celtics before the season started, after all.
Frustrations continue to mount for the Celtics, who now own a 25-18 record and sit just fifth in the Eastern Conference. Irving expressed his frustration during Saturday's 105-103 road loss to the Orlando Magic.
"The young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship level team," Irving said, via Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports. "What it takes every day. And if they think it is hard now, what do they think it will be like when we’re trying to get to the Finals?"
Before the game ended, Irving was seen arguing with head coach Brad Stevens during a timeout, as the latter drew up the team's final play. Gordon Hayward passed to sophomore Jayson Tatum, who missed a contested shot at the buzzer. Irving confronted Hayward after the play and questioned his decision to pass to Tatum.
The 26-year-old Irving has done his part in helping Boston, averaging 22.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. But the Celtics, the popular pick to win the East at the start of the season, haven't found any consistency.
What This Means
If the Celtics don't turn it around in the second half, there's good reason to believe Irving might leave Boston after all. He was open about his desire to play for the New York Knicks, who are likely to chase a handful of the top free agents this offseason. But if the Celtics turn it around soon, Irving will surely keep his promise about re-signing.