Kamla: Kyrie Was "Absolutely Terrible" In Game 2

Kyrie Irving failed to reach double figures for just the fourth time all season – and just the second time since November

May 01, 2019 - 8:40 am
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After beating the Bucks by 22 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series, the Boston Celtics lost by 21 in Game 2, 123-102, in Milwaukee on Tuesday. Boston trailed just 59-55 at the break but was outscored 39-18 in the third quarter, as the Bucks went on a 26-2 run to put the game out of reach.

The Celtics had no answers – not from their starters, not from their bench, and not from star Kyrie Irving, who scored just nine points on 4-of-18 shooting from the floor.

“Kyrie Irving was absolutely terrible tonight,” NBA TV host Rick Kamla said on Ferrall on the Bench. “I didn’t like his body language. I didn’t like anything about his game tonight. But Boston – with (Jayson) Tatum and several others – made it a legitimate first half. But the third quarter was all Milwaukee.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points, while Khris Middleton had 28. Both played much better than they did in Game 1.

“I think the Bucks might have been a little dear in headlights (in Game 1),” Kamla said. “They came out flat, and they came out unaggressive and they got their butts kicked. (Game 2) was an ass-kicking in return. Now Milwaukee is in this series. We’re going to see this thing probably go at least six, maybe seven.”

Kamla still expects the Celtics to win the series.

“When this thing goes back to Boston, that defensive wall that they’re going to try to build on Giannis is going to be more effective because the guys building that wall are going to have more juice,” Kamla said. “Look, Boston won Game 1. I think in general they let their guard down tonight.”

Game 3 is Friday at 8 p.m.

Elsewhere in the East, the Raptors and Sixers are tied 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Thursday. Kamla expects the Raptors to win that series, beat Boston and advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

“I’ve got the Raptors winning this series, and I’ve got the Raptors beating Boston in the East Finals,” he said. “I like what they got going on this year. There’s a different edge. There’s a different clutch to this team. They’ve got more options. I think Toronto’s got it figured out.”

Click below to listen to Kamla’s interview in its entirety.