A season of fractured chemistry and heart-breaking losses has not represented itself in the postseason for the rejuvenated Boston Celtics. Instead, they seem to be together for the first time all year and are playing with a sense of urgency and unity that has been alien to them for months.
As folks measure the legitimacy of Boston’s chances, and the happiness of Kyrie Irving, the team is focused on the ball, and having success while doing it.
“Irving cautioned it’s a mistake to put too much stock in one win or one loss,” writes ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. “For some, NBA happiness will always be day-to-day, depending on the box score stats and the bank account dollar signs and the team’s place in the NBA standings and the court of public opinion.”
For Kyrie, he is tired of all the side noise and the comparing and contrasting of different situations to one another. In what has been a polarizing run for the suddenly red-hot Celtics, Kyrie Irving just wants to talk about the game, a game in which he recognizes his own genius.
“I’ve been playing basketball a lot longer than some of these people analyzing the game. I’m an actual genius when it comes to this game. If you ask me about basketball, I will talk all day. But when it comes to personal things, or comparing myself to my NBA brothers. I’m out.”
He certainly was not shy about sharing his basketball knowledge. But he is zoned in. That has got to be some great news for a Celtics’ squad looking for some kind of hint about their future.