Irving says his actions were justified after Nuggets guard Jamal Murray “disrespected” the Boston Celtics by launching a late three-pointer in an attempt to reach the 50-point mark.
Irving understands reason for his $25,000 fine. " Well deserved. There’s a sense of professionalism that you have to uphold within this league, and I failed to do so, so I take full responsibility for it. In the event that anyone gets hurt, I’m taking full responsibility for it,"
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) November 6, 2018
Kyrie didn’t want Murray to hang on to the rock he used to score his career-high 48.
Per the Boston Herald:
“From a competition and competitive standpoint, I think it absolutely deserved to go in the stands,” he said. “You just don’t play basketball like that. It’s as simple as that. You just don’t. There’s a tradition and a respect within the league as well as in any basketball game. Obviously you’ve won the game, you have it sealed, you’ve had a great game, game of your life, and you do something like that, it’s petty, it’s immature, and we’ll see him again though.”
Murray clearly wanted to reach 50 points a little too much. In the process, he violated one of the few unwritten rules in the NBA.
“He knew,” Irving said. “It’s not like I hold any resentment toward it, but hopefully going forward after this, he doesn’t do anything like that. … I felt disrespected after the game. So your career-high ball goes in the stands.”