Kyrie Irving was obviously frustrated after the Celtics 105-103 loss to the Magic on Saturday.
He further explained the comments he made after the narrow defeat during the team’s shootaround Monday.
“I never want to come from a place where I don’t want to sound like, or make it feel like, I don’t want to win a championship,” Irving said, via ESPN. “Sometimes I may come off and say things, never to question my teammates in public like that ever again; I just want to win so bad.”
After the loss in Orlando, Irving said the “young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship level team.” It was Boston’s second consecutive loss on the road after four straight wins at TD Garden.
Irving suggested Monday the players are feeling the pressure of lofty expectations placed on them at the beginning of the season.
“It came from a place where I asked for a trade and I’m coming here and I believe in this organization and I want these young guys to be successful,” Irving said. “In order to that, we all got to be on the same page and have that mindset that, a championship or nothing.
“And sometimes that can get the best of me at times.”
The Celtics (25-17) enter their game Monday against the Nets in fifth place of the Eastern Conference standings. Boston will be without Irving (quad) as well as Marcus Smart (illness).