Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Kyrie Irving fined $25K for chucking ball into stands

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray during the second half against the Utah Jazz at the Pepsi Center Kyrie Irving fined $25K for chucking ball into stands
Kristopher Love | 07 November, 2018, 08:44

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray drew Irving's ire after he attempted a last-second shot in his team's 115-107 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Irving took particular exception to the play, going so far as to throw the ball into the stands and call Murray's shot "b-s-t" after the game.

Kyrie and the Celtics didn't take too kindly to the shot, so Irving decided he wouldn't give Murray the satisfaction of keeping the ball. "He did it in a great fashion against us", Irving said of Murray's offensive show.

"I mean, what kind of competitor wouldn't it bother?" "He was a primary concern tonight and he made us pay in certain instances of just making some tough shots and some tough layups". "I shouldn't have done it, but they understand I was trying to get 50".

Irving's teammate Jaylen Brown said Murray's actions were "disrespectful" to the Celtics. "But the ball deserves to go in the crowd after a (expletive) move like that, so I threw it in the crowd".

"I really wasn't meaning no disrespect".

But the guard who's been known to ruffle a few feathers since he came into the league appeared to take a long three-point attempt at the buzzer to pad his already-impressive stats. His mind was simply set on going for 50 points. I know half the team over there, so no hard feelings.

Murray was on fire shooting 19-for-30 from the field, tying Steve Nash's 48 in the 2005 playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks for the highest scoring output by a Canadian in the National Basketball Association. My emotions just took over like it did with the Lakers a year ago.

Kyrie Irving was not happy Monday night. Murray continued his dominance in the game's final frame, torching Boston's defense for 19 points.