Kyrie Irving dealt with a ton of boos and profane language from fans in Boston during Game 1 of the first-round playoff series between the Nets and Celtics, but he responded to that with vulgar language of his own and middle fingers.
“Look, where I’m from, I’m used to all these antics and people being close nearby,” Irving said. “It’s nothing new when I come into this building what it’s going to be like — but it’s the same energy they have for me, I’m going to have the same energy for them.
“And it’s not every fan, I don’t want to attack every fan, every Boston fan. When people start yelling ‘p—y’ or ‘b—-‘ and ‘f— you’ and all this stuff, there’s only but so much you take as a competitor. We’re the ones expected to be docile and be humble, take a humble approach, f— that, it’s the playoffs. This is what it is.”
Game 2 will be on Wednesday, with the Nets hoping to tie up the series. It will be interesting to see how things play out during that game.
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