Kyrie Irving had a spectacular game on Sunday as scored 39 points in Game 4 as the Nets beat the Celtics 141-126 to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Unfortunately, it was overshadowed by a Boston Celtics fan who threw a water bottle at him.
The Athletic reported the fan could be banned for life from Boston’s TD Garden.
After the game, the Brooklyn Nets superstar said NBA arenas had become like “human zoos” following multiple incidents in just these playoffs alone.
“It’s unfortunate that sports has come to this crossroads where a lot of old ways are coming up,” Irving, who played for the Celtics from 2017-19, said after the match.
“It’s been that way for entertainment for a long time with underlying racism and just treating people like they are in a human zoo.”
Five spectators have been hit with indefinite bans for “completely unacceptable” behavior towards players and their families in separate incidents last week.
Nets forward Kevin Durant said fans need to “grow up.”
“We are not animals, we are not in the circus,” he added. “You coming to the game is not all about you as a fan. So, have some respect for the game.”
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