Angry Celtics fans hurled invective at Kyrie Irving, even though he was nowhere to be seen Wednesday night.
Irving posted a long social media response, branding sports and entertainment as “ignorant and obtrusive.”
On the basketball court meanwhile, Kemba Walker returned to action from a scary neck injury to score a season-high 39 points, leading Boston past the visiting Brooklyn Nets 121-110.
Per The AP:
“I’ve been over it. I could have played last game, honestly,” Walker said. “If I’m on the court, I’m on the court. I wasn’t thinking about anything (but) wanting to win.”
Posters branding him as a coward decorated the arena entrance. A few fans who showed up wearing his No. 11 Celtics jersey with the words “Where is?” written on tape above his name. During the introductions, with Irving nowhere to be seen, the first “Kyrie Sucks!” chant broke out; it was repeated about a dozen times throughout the game. (There was also a “Yankees Suck!” chant, just because.)
“I don’t give a second thought,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “Just tune it out.”