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Grousbeck: 'I want Miami to lose so badly'

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Grousbeck: 'I want Miami to lose so badly'

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck hates losing.

So you can imagine with the Celtics ousted in the second round of the playoffs, he hasn't had too much incentive to pay attention to the playoffs.

Oh, he's watching and pulling for one team. Anyone but Miami.

"I'm watching this year because I want Miami to lose so badly," said Grousbeck, speaking to WEEI at a charity benefit for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund.

Still, Grousbeck acknowledges that based on how the players for both teams performed in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Heat were more deserving to move on.

"I thought they outplayed us in the series," he said. "They had more juice; they had more pop. Can't really deny that."

Grousbeck looks back at the C's Game 4 loss as being the most pivotal game in the series.

"We might have won the thing (with a Game 4 win)," Grousbeck said. "I don't regret it like a huge, missed chance. I'm just annoyed we didn't beat them."

He added, "I'm rooting hard against the Heat."

Grousbeck touched on a number of other Celtics-related topics:

THE KENDRICK PERKINS TRADE
WG: "I love Perk, but I don't think our issue was guarding the 5-spot. Our issue was guarding their 2, 3, 4. So not only did we need Jeff Green, we needed about 3 more of him."

NEEDS FOR THIS UPCOMING SEASON
WG: "We ought to look to keep these guys together, and add two or three more pieces if we can, aggressively. Whether we can spend more money than other people that's what we've done before, hit people over the head with the wallet club. The 60M to Pierce, the 100M to Garnett, 40M to Ray Allen, extending Rondo, extending Doc. We basically say, 'come here, we're a big market team. that's the way we run this thing.' If we can hit some people over the head again this summer, we'll do it."

ON BREAKING UP THE BIG 4
WG: "I love the Big 3, the Big 4. I love those guys. I think the fans love seeing them together. I haven't heard anything from Doc or Danny or anybody else about anything we're planning to do."

MARK CUBAN AND WHY GROUSBECK'S ROOTING FOR HIM
WG: "I love the guy. Out of all the owners in the league, when we came in, he said, 'anything you need, I'll help you out.' He did so well, we won the thing before he did. He genuinely roots for us against other teams. He's a Celtics fan when he's not a Mavs fan, and we're going to return the favor."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with  Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.

Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.

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“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.

Irving replied with a lewd suggestion. 

After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.

Regrets?

“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.

Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”

The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.

In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.

“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”