Dallas Mavericks superstar Kyrie Irving voiced his frustration ahead of Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics.

Despite an impressive individual performance in Game 3, Irving lamented his team’s lack of competitiveness in the series.

In his candid remarks, Irving acknowledged the unexpected journey the Mavericks have undertaken this season.

“No one picked us to be in this position, no one anticipated us to be here,” he said. “There may be a few people on this crowd right here that knew or had an idea. We’ve pretty much broken the mold of what we’re capable of doing and I think we’re trending in the right direction. So we have some positives going on.”

He emphasized the need for his team to learn and grow from their current challenges, despite the disappointment of their performance thus far.

Irving, reflecting on the team’s situation, stated, “It sucks horrendously that we’re not at least competitive in this series right now three games in.”

He shouldered much of the responsibility for the Mavericks’ struggles, recognizing his role as a veteran leader guiding his younger teammates through their first Finals experience. However, he remained optimistic about the opportunity to extend the series and showcase their resilience.

“I’ve taken a brunt of the responsibility because these guys in this locker room it is their first time being in this position, I do feel like a lot of it is on me, a lot of my teammates would say no, it’s not you, which I appreciate,” Irving admitted, “but this is also part of my journey and the story doesn’t end here win or loss.”

As the Mavericks face a must-win situation in Game 4, Irving stressed the importance of pride and leaving everything on the court. He expressed gratitude for the chance to continue their season and vowed to give their best effort to turn the series around.

“I’m just appreciative that we can get another chance to extend our series, our season tomorrow and just leave it all out there. It’s all about a pride thing now and just putting our best foot forward,” Irving said.