BOSTON - The Boston Celtics took 55 three pointers on Thursday night in their win over the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden, hitting a franchise record 24. Kyrie Irving was 6/12 from deep and finished with 28 points on the night.
Irving was asked if 55 attempts is too many, and quickly made it clear that he didn’t think so. ”Never,” Irving said. “Get ‘em up. They’re wide open. If they’re going to play defense like that, then I don’t see why not. Al (Horford) is a capable shooter. I have the utmost confidence in him. And then if we don’t have it we have secondary actions as well that we can run. But I feel like if they’re going to play that type of defense we should just shoot it every time. At one point I think Brook and John Henson were in the paint. So get ‘em up. I hope we shoot 80 next game if they play defense like that.”
Boston got every three-point look that they wanted on Thursday night, as Milwaukee’s perimeter defense struggled to contain the sharp-shooting Celtics. Although they missed out on an NBA record by just two threes, this style of play could lead to another 20-plus effort later this season.
Listen to everything Irving said after Thursday’s win: