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Kyrie Irving Reacts To The Boston Celtics' Playoff Crowd

Kyrie Irving dribbling for the Nets.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 03: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets calls a play during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center on January 03, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Wizards won 123-122. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving's return to the TD Garden was met with exactly the reaction we expected: a cascade of boos from Boston fans.

Following his comments calling out Celtics fans earlier this week, Kyrie and the Brooklyn Nets traveled to Boston for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. 5,000 fans gathered in the Garden to watch their Celtics bring the series to 2-1, notching their first win over the Nets with a 125-119 score.

The Celtics will get even more fan reinforcements later this weekend. With capacity expanding from 5,000 to 17,000 today, the Garden should be even more rocking for Game 4 on Sunday night.

While this certainly means an even more adverse environment for Kyrie, he didn't seem too worried about it during his postgame interviews.

“I mean, it’s basketball,” the star point guard said, per MassLive. “I’ve been in a few environments in my life so like I said, as long as it’s strictly the nature of basketball out there and there’s nothing extra, I’m cool with it. Just get some preparation with the team tomorrow and get prepared for Sunday. Going to keep it straight basketball.”

Whether or not it had to do with the Boston crowd, Kyrie certainly had an off night in Game 3. Through his team-high 41 minutes, the former Celtic put up just 16 points on an inefficient 35.3 percent shooting from the field.

Despite a combined 80 points from Irving's Brooklyn teammates Kevin Durant and James Harden, the Nets were unable to claim Game 3 in a series many thought they would sweep.

Two-time All Star Jayson Tatum was the Celtics' saving grace, posting an incredible 50-point performance to carry his team to victory.

Game 4 will tipoff tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET.