Says USA Today:

As Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving left the Garden court and headed for the locker room following the Game 4 loss to Milwaukee on Monday, a fan yelled, “Kyrie, don’t leave. Kyrie, don’t leave. Boston needs you. Don’t listen to these other stupid fans.”

Was that Irving’s last game in a Celtics uniform at the Garden? Following Milwaukee’s Game 5 series-clinching victory over Boston last night, it might have been.

Boston’s underachieving season came to a disappointing end — a second-round exit was not what was expected with the talented roster — leaving the franchise with an uncertain future.

“It really comes down to great team basketball, who is playing better at a certain time of year … collectively, they outplayed us as a group,” Irving told reporters.

Eight months ago, the season looked so promising with Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier. After reaching the conference finals last season without Irving and Hayward, expectations were Finals or bust.

It was a bust. The individual pieces never coalesced into a championship-caliber team. Selfish play ruled, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens took responsibility.

“I’ll be the first to say that this is — as far as any other year that I’ve been a head coach — certainly the most trying,” Stevens told reporters. “I think I did a bad job. At the end of the day, as a coach, if your team doesn’t find it’s best fit together, that’s on you.”

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