Former Boston Celtics forward Glen 'Big Baby' Davis seemed to suggest that Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving's ankle injury in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals was karma for a recent incident involving the Celtics' mascot 'Lucky.'
Irving took a hard fall after scoring on a layup during the second quarter of Brooklyn's 107-96 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, which tied the series at 2-2 on Sunday (June 13.)
The All-Star guard appeared to grab his ankle after the fall and missed the remainder of the game.
Irving, who played for the Celtics for two seasons from 2017-2019, was recently spotted stomping on the Celtics' mascot and center court during the Nets' last playoff series in Boston, which drew the ire of numerous former Celtics players including Davis.
On Sunday, Davis, who won an NBA championship with Boston in 2008, shared several since-deleted Instagram comments, which included, "That's the same ankle stomp on lucky with," along with a shrugging emoji, in response to a post about the injury.
Davis, who was criticized for the comment, also responded to another user with, "lucky got his get back" and posted an additional comment stating, "Yall so mad" with an angry emoji and six laughing crying emojis," all of which were later deleted.
Irving's stomping incident took place during the Nets' win over the Celtics on May 31, which resulted in a fan throwing a bottle at Irving as he walked off the court and led to the man being arrested and banned from TD Garden.
Prior to Games 3 and 4 in Boston, Irving, who spent two seasons with the Celtics before joining the Nets in 2019, said he hoped his current team will "keep it strictly basketball" during their road matchups against his former team, implying the possibility of being the target of racism by Boston fans.
"I am just looking forward to competing with my teammates and hopefully, we can just keep it strictly basketball; there's no belligerence or racism going on -- subtle racism," Irving said ahead of Game 3 via ESPN. "People yelling s--- from the crowd, but even if it is, it's part of the nature of the game and we're just going to focus on what we can control."
Nets coach Steve Nash said x-rays on Irving's ankle were negative, but the team planned to further evaluate and treat the injury before making a decision on the guard's status for Game 5.
Irving is currently averaging 20.0 points, 4.3 assists and 5.0 rebounds in the Nets' Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Bucks.