Kyrie Irving boldly responds to heckling Celtics fans

2024 NBA Finals - Game Two
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After playing poorly in the first two games of the 2024 NBA Finals in Boston, Kyrie Irving had enough and finally responded to the heckling from the Boston Celtics fans.

Irving thought the Boston fans would be louder in Game 1, and that's exactly what he got for Game 2.

Irving responded back to the Celtics fans on the court after Dallas fell in Game 2 by a final of 105-98 on Sunday.

Kyrie Irving guarantees a Game 5 to heckling Celtics fans

Irving has struggled in these NBA Finals, but his confidence remains high.

While exiting the court after Game 2 concluded, Irving looked up in the stands to the Celtic fans and held up five fingers while walking back to the Mavs locker room. Irving holding up five fingers can indicate that Irving is telling the Celtic fans that he and the Mavs will return to TD Garden in Boston for Game 5.

During the game, Irving once again heard the "Kyrie sucks" chant. While checking back into the game after a rest, Irving can be seen giving the hand gesture to keep it going and be louder.

For Irving, responding to the Boston crowd like that and guaranteeing a Game 5 is bold, and could bite him back. Irving and the Mavs are battling history trailing 2-0 in the Finals and will be home for the next two games of the Finals. When teams are up 2-0 after winning the first two games of the Finals at home, teams are 26-5 in NBA Finals history. The Celtics are also 6-0 on the road in the 2024 Playoffs.

However, for the Mavs, there could still be optimism. The last time a team trailed 2-0 in the NBA Finals returning home was in 2021 when the Bucks trailed the Suns going home. The Bucks won the next four games to win the Finals. The Mavs are also 5-3 at home in the 2024 Playoffs. With the Mavs hosting an NBA Finals game for the first time in 13 years, fans will be excited to pump up their team.

But, if the Mavs are going to get back in the series, the team needs Irving to find his confidence and groove. In the first two games of the Finals, Irving has averaged 14 points per game, is shooting 35 percent from the field, and has missed all eight of his 3-point attempts.

Returning home for the next two games of the Finals can potentially help Irving. At home in the 2024 Playoffs, Irving has averaged 24.1 points per game.

Game 3 of the Finals will be tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. CT. If Dallas wants to get back in the series, the team desperately needs Irving to improve his game.