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Monday / December 16.
  • Mark Jackson calls out Kyrie Irving for not being on the bench in Celtics’ Game 7 loss

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    ESPN’s Mark Jackson called out Kyrie Irving for not being on the Celtics’ bench during their Game 7 loss to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston.

    Irving, who was traded to the Celtics from the Cavs, had been on Boston’s bench during their run through the playoffs, but was not there during Game 7 even as Gordon Hayward (also injured) sat on the end of the bench.

    Jackson said he wasn’t sure if there was some type of emergency or extenuating circumstances, but wondered on ESPN why Irving wasn’t there to support and coach his younger players.

    The Cavs won 87-79 and will face the Rockets/Warriors winner in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

    This marks James’ eighth straight appearance in the NBA Finals.

    “I’m trying to squeeze this orange till there’s no more juice left,” James, who went for 35 points, 15 rebounds and 9 rebounds, told ESPN. “It’s a heck of an accomplishment for our ball club, without our All-Star power forward [Kevin Love]…This team was undefeated in the postseason at home, and for us to do this and for me to be able to lead these guys, it’s a treat.”

    “He’s the best player in the world. I’m glad he’s on my side,” Cavs coach Ty Lue said on air. “And going into a Game 7, you want the best player in the world on your side.”

    The Cavs did it despite a strong game from Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum, who, finished with 25 points and 7 rebounds, and who, like Irving, went to Duke.

    Among his 25 was this dunk over LeBron.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.