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LeBron James posts apparent passive-aggressive dig after Kyrie Irving goes off against Hawks

Alex Reimer
November 07, 2017 - 10:43 am

It’s still arguable whether LeBron James is the greatest basketball player ever. But he’s undoubtedly the all-time leader in passive-aggressive behavior. 

The Celtics defeated the Hawks 110-107 Monday night for their ninth straight victory, largely thanks to an incredible effort from Kyrie Irving. The point guard led the way with 35 points and dished out seven assists as well. Irving and rookie Jayson Tatum, who finished with 21 points, had a hand in 80 percent of Boston points in the second half.

It was the continuation of Irving’s early-season coming out period. He wanted out of Cleveland, because he insisted it was time for him to lead his own team. So far, he’s been proven right. It’s been incredible to watch. That is, unless you’re James. 

On Monday night, James posted the popular meme of the PBS character Arthur clenching his fist in anger after the Celtics’ win. Keep in mind, the Cavaliers lost to Atlanta at home the night before.


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It’s been a frustrating start to the season for the Cavs, who are 4-6 and playing abhorrent defense. While James has publicly downplayed concerns about his team, the meme indicates he’s getting frustrated. That was apparent Friday night against the Wizards, when James scored 57 points and played every minute of the second half to secure the victory –– in early November.

Isaiah Thomas, who was traded for Irving, responded to James’ Instagram, asking if James needed him to “handle somebody.” The guard isn’t expected back from injury until at least January. 

After some hours of reflection, James appeared to have a more cheerful outlook on Tuesday morning. “Fresh day, fresh start! Make the most of it. #LiveLaughLove #StriveForGreatness,” he tweeted

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