Gresh: Kyrie Is "Nauseating," Celtics Won't Put Egos Aside

Gather 'round, sports fans. Andy Gresh dropped by Ferrall on the Bench for some real talk about Irving and the Celtics

April 19, 2019 - 8:25 am
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The Boston Celtics trailed the Indiana Pacers 79-68 heading into the fourth quarter of Game 2 of their second-round playoff series on Wednesday, but Kyrie Irving sparked a comeback. He finished with 37 points to rally the Celtics to a 99-91 win – and a 2-0 series lead.

Andy Gresh, however, had mixed feelings about the win.

“The guy is nauseating at times,” the WPRO afternoon drive host said of Irving on Ferrall on the Bench. “There were a lot of people (Thursday) really squawking about, ‘Boy, this shows he can lead the Celtics!’ There’s a couple of things to remember. No. 1, Marcus Smart is hurt, so it’s one less guy that Brad Stevens has to find time for. You put Smart back in the lineup and then guys go down in the pecking order and then you get guys sitting on the bench with poo-poo face because they’re not getting their playing time. 

“No. 2, Indiana is not very good,” Gresh continued. “Let’s just be real. No Victor Oladipo. They blew a 10-point lead and lost by eight. They scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. Indiana had a great first half, and then the real Pacers showed up.”

Still, many Celtics fans were happy that the team rallied to win after such a drama-filled regular season.

“Everybody is just kissing Kyrie’s ring,” Gresh said. “He had a great night, he’s a great player, his hand is stamped, he’s already done it in the Finals – so we have a level of expectation that the guy is going to be good. But this group doesn’t mix. Period. End of story. If somehow someway they pull it together for 20 games, they might be able to win it all, but I just have no faith they’re going to be able to do so.”

If the Celtics beat the Pacers, they would likely face Milwaukee in the second round. The Bucks (60-22) finished with the best record in the NBA.

“Giannis is fantastic, but can the Bucks 1-through-5 match up with the Celtics?” Gresh asked. “I could see a scenario where the Celtics do beat the Bucks but then turn around and lose to Toronto in the Eastern Conference Final. I just think – because it’s happened so much this year – I don’t know if everybody’s going to be able to put the egos aside. If they do, they can make a run. They just haven’t been able to this year, and I have no reason to believe that that’s going to go away – especially if Kyrie has nights like he had, which they need to win. However, there’s going to be resentment from the youth on that roster.”

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