Boston Celtics

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens spoke to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand for his weekly interview on Wednesday, the day after the C’s lost to the Brooklyn Nets in Game 2 of their opening round playoff series.

As part of the conversation, Stevens was asked about Kyrie Irving’s postgame comments. The former Celtics, now-Nets guard said he’s hoping for “No belligerence or subtle racism and people yelling [expletive] from the crowd” when he returns to Boston with the Nets for Game 3 at TD Garden. Irving responded, in part, “It is what it is” when asked if he specifically experienced racism during his time in Boston.

Stevens acknowledged multiple incidents that the Celtics quickly dealt with. While he denied that Irving or any other Celtics player ever approached him about such accusations, he recognizes that they may have kept their issues private.

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