“I feel for him,” Irving told reporters Saturday night after leading the visiting Boston Celtics to a 120-107 win against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The C’s, who’ve had their share of troubles this season, are on a roll having won three games in a row.
Per the AP:
“I feel for him,” Irving said, citing the Lakers’ injuries around James. “LeBron has always been a championship contender. Not to qualify for the playoffs is hard. I can only imagine.”
Irving didn’t make the playoffs with the Cleveland Cavaliers until James returned for the 2014-15 season, so he can do more than imagine. But playoff qualification won’t be a problem for his Celtics, whose up-and-down regular season has hit a high on the West Coast during a strong trip that concludes Monday against the Clippers.
Boston was challenged while James racked up his 80th career triple-double in a makeshift Lakers lineup missing three injured starters, but Irving hit a series of big shots down the stretch to seal it. After missing Wednesday’s win at Sacramento with a bruised thigh, Irving added seven rebounds and seven assists.
“The stuff that happens in the regular season, you can barely remember it in the playoffs,” Irving said with a shrug.