Kyrie Irving Fined $25,000
By Carly D’eon 11/08/2018
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, was fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a basketball into the stands after losing to the Denver Nuggets Monday night. His frustration was sparked by the Nuggets Jamal Murray, who had 48 points and heaved a 3 pointer at he buzzer in an effort to eclipse the 50 point mark in Denver’s 115-107 win.
Irving claimed Murray’s 3-point attempt was a cheap shot. “You don’t wait ’til the end of the game, when everybody’s not playing, to just launch up a shot,” said a frustrated Irving. He said he felt disrespected by the 21-year-old who took advantage of the final seconds of the game to boost his stats.
In the aftermath of the game, Irving continued to discuss the disrespect he felt from Murray. “You just don’t play basketball like that. 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 and you do something like that, it’s just it’s petty.”