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Dallas Mavericks superstar Kyrie Irving admitted he didn’t buy into the Celtics culture during his time in Boston.

As he gears up for Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Boston, Irving reflected on his departure from the team.

“As a player, they expect you to seamlessly buy into the Celtics pride,” Irving said via Mike Curtis. “If you don’t, then you’ll be outed, and I’m one of the people that’s on the outs.”

Irving is now facing his former team in the NBA Finals. Games 1 and 2 in Boston were challenging for Irving, who struggled with his shooting.

Irving’s subpar performances in the first two games added pressure on him. The Mavericks currently trail the Celtics 1-3 in the series.

Irving’s reflections come at a critical time in the series. The Mavericks need to win Game 5 to stay alive in the Finals.

The Mavericks star’s comments highlight the expectations within the Celtics organization. Irving’s admission sheds light on his struggles to adapt to the Celtics culture.

Irving’s time with the Celtics was marked by high expectations. His departure from Boston was influenced by his inability to fully embrace the team’s culture.