Per ESPN, Irving also heard cheers from the crowd each time he touched the ball early in the first quarter. And a chant of “We want Kyrie” filled the arena early in the second half.
“It’s nothing but a distraction at this point. Like I said, I’m appreciative of the fan support I get in any arena. But of course, coming back home — obviously, what’s going on in terms of that noise and commentary, it’s just a bunch of nonsense right now. So, can’t do anything about it. I’m just accepting, I’m appreciative, but at the same time, I got a game to focus on.”
With all the storylines surrounding Kyrie Irving and the potential for him to part ways with the Boston Celtics, Madison Square Garden and New York Knicks fans started a "we want Kyrie" chant during the game.