Kyrie Irving kept it brief with the media after the Celtics lost again, with the NBA All-Star barely talking to reporters for more than a minute.
The slumping Celtics crashed to a 115-104 home defeat to James Harden’s Rockets in Boston on Sunday.
Favorites to win the Eastern Conference at the start of the season, the Celtics are 1-5 since the All-Star break and 38-26 for the campaign — down to fifth in the East.
Irving has cut a frustrated figure throughout the poor run of performances and the 2016 NBA champion was in no mood for interviews postgame.
The first question put to Irving was: “How tough was that for you tonight?”
“It was tough,” Irving responded.
We staged a huge comeback in the second half, but we were unable to catch the Rockets, falling 115-104. pic.twitter.com/IDO1C2GPd0
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 4, 2019
Irving’s replies continued to be short and sharp, with the six-time All-Star uninterested.
When asked about the first half, which the Celtics trailed the Rockets 65-43, Irving said: “We just didn’t play well.”
Serious questions are being asked about the Celtics as they continue to struggle.
Asked what needed to be done to turn things around, Irving — who has been linked with the Knicks — said: “Just gotta play better.”
It does not get any easier for the Celtics, who face a four-game road trip against the reigning champion Warriors, Kings, Lakers and Clippers.
“We’ll see” was Irving’s response to being asked if the Celtics could come together on the road trip.