Duke Basketball: Kyrie Irving, Celtics get bounced from playoffs

Duke Basketball: Kyrie Irving, Celtics get bounced from playoffs

The Celtics swept the Indiana Pacers in the First Round of the playoffs and then won its first game on the road against Milwaukee, but followed that win with four losses, two at home to get tossed out of the playoffs.

Mayor Tom Barrett says the Bucks extended playoff run not only means a chance for a parade but positioning the heart of the city in front of millions of people across the country throughout the playoffs and beyond. He could walk this offseason and join forces somewhere else, but perhaps the friction in the locker room isn't as bad as it sounds.

Players promised that things would turn around, and I was nearly convinced when the Celtics blew out the Warriors 128-95.

"It's just business was tough, it was tough, dealing with all the talent we had, different guys wanted to be in the limelight, guys in the limelight, s-- like that - it's been a lot".

"I think I was on the bench, Khris [Middleton] was on the bench, [Eric] Bledsoe was on the bench".

This season for the Celtics will be considered a failure by many analysts due to their high expectations.


For fun I've kept some of the receipts from those "hot takes", so while we await Milwaukee's opponent in the Eastern Conference Finals, let's take a look back.

"There were times when we frustrated with ourselves for sure", Marcus Smart said. The last time the Bucks reached the Eastern Conference Playoffs was in 2001; the city, and the area around the Bradley Center and new Fiserv Forum, has changed significantly. "Not one of us on this team knows what Kyrie been through".

"We all enjoy playing together", Hill said. Horford scored 20 points while Jaylen Brown added 16 points for Boston.

This team, apart from a few stretches in the middle of the season, was utterly unwilling to put in the work required to justify their reputation.

Boston led 67-65 before Milwaukee scored 13 of the next 14 points - seven of them by Hill - to open a double-digit lead.

"He actually played more than we anticipated", Budenholzer said. It builds character and it makes you more wiser in the future. "Like I said, you live and you learn".

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