Celtics’ Kyrie Irving: Pistons’ reaction to winning makes me look forward to rematch


The Pistons haven’t won a playoff game since 2008.

They were pretty excited to beat the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics in Boston in Avery Bradley‘s return and improve to 13-6.

Andre Drummond shushed the crowd after making free throws and skipped around the stanchion following an and-one steal. Stan Van Gundy and his players shared rather exuberant high-fives as the buzzer sounded. The whooping and hollering carried into the locker room. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, via Jay King of MassLive:

“Just the physicality, they brought it to the game,” said Kyrie Irving, who regretted some of his decision-making (see video above) during Boston’s 118-108 loss. “It kind of makes you want to mark it down on the calendar to see them again, just by their reaction after winning the basketball game as well. So you can tell they wanted it, and they came out and proved it.”

This isn’t the first time an opponent disliked how the Pistons celebrated. It won’t be the last.

When Joel Embiid accused Drummond of talking trash earlier this season, Drummond defended himself by saying he always does that. Detroit has multiple confident/cocky players, and they haven’t yet won enough to get over it – but they are winning enough now to relish in it.

Irving comes across well here. He’s not criticizing the Pistons’ celebrations directly. He just wants to win so they can’t do it again.

And for his reference, the Celtics visit Detroit on Dec. 10.