Are you not entertained? Celtics Boss Danny Ainge brought Kyrie Irving to Boston via trade to help the Celtics win games. The entertainment value that accompanied him is a huge bonus. In last night's 121-to-112 victory over the New York Knicks, Irving had perhaps the best game of his tenure with the Celtics and put on a show for the Madison Square Garden crowd. He poured in 31 points on 50% shooting on both 2-pointers and three's, grabbed nine rebounds, handed out eight assists and stole the ball twice.

During the final five minutes of the third quarter, he snagged a rebound, hit a three-pointer, assisted on a Jayson Tatum hoop and took down another rebound - all within a one-minute-and-49-second time frame. Most of his made shots were contested (nine of 11) and the majority of his shots (72.7%) were unassisted. And for variety, 19.4% of his made shots came in the paint.

Kyrie has been vital to the Celtics success this season, and it would be tough to visual the team without him. He has proven to be virtually irreplaceable. As seen in the above tweet/video, Irving and Jaylen Brown seem to be developing a real synergy on the court - and off it. I can envision off-court discussions of time passage comparisons on our flat earth versus on the surface of Pluto between the two players. That could be almost as entertaining as a perfect lob pass for a Jaylen dunk.

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Tom Lane 2/25/2018 07:21:00 AM Edit
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