Kyrie Irving Fined $25K for Throwing Ball into Stands After Nuggets Loss

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2018

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 5: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics reacts to a play during the game against the Denver Nuggets on November 5, 2018 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving received a $25,000 fine from the NBA for throwing a basketball into the stands after the team's 115-107 road loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic provided the news on Tuesday.

Irving said the fine was "well-deserved," adding, via Jay King of The Athletic: "You just don't play basketball like that. ... It's just petty, it's immature. But we'll see him again, though. I felt disrespected after the game. So your career-high ball goes in the stands."

Irving was unhappy after Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray, who already had 48 points, took a three-point shot right before the buzzer in an effort to exceed 50 points. Boston had conceded defeat and wasn't playing defense while waiting for the clock to run out.

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Kyrie wasn't a fan of Jamal's last-second attempt at a 50-piece: "The ball deserves to go in the crowd after a bulls--t move like that." https://t.co/vgtd8Wvige

The 26-year-old Celtics star credited his counterpart for a strong performance but admitted he wasn't a fan of the uncontested shot in the final seconds.

"I mean, what kind of competitor wouldn't it bother?" Irving told reporters. "I understand if we fouled him, going to the free-throw line. ... I don't want to make a big deal out of it."

He added: "But the ball deserves to go in the crowd after a bulls--t move like that. So I threw it in the crowd."

Irving posted 31 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in the loss, which dropped Boston to 6-4. Denver improved to 9-1, which is behind only Golden State and Toronto

The Celtics return to action Thursday when their five-game road trip continues against the Phoenix Suns. The Nuggets play at TD Garden on March 18.