Kyrie Irving thrives on ‘peaceable’ feeling of being within the zone | NBA


Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has described the “peaceable” feeling of being within the zone after starring in an exciting extra time win Friday for the Celtics in opposition to the Raptors.

The sport pitted two of the NBA’s largest stars in opposition to one another, as Irving shared the court docket with Raptors small ahead Kawhi Leonard at Boston’s TD Backyard.

But it surely was Irving who got here out on high in a 123-116 win, taking pictures 18 of 26 from the ground to complete with 43 factors, together with 19 within the fourth quarter. He additionally dished out 11 assists.

Irving contributed to each Celtics basket in extra time, scoring 4 and handing out 4 assists.

“It’s fairly peaceable,” Irving guard mentioned. “Aside from fatigue, I do not suppose anything is de facto on my thoughts different than simply the subsequent play that should occur on each ends of the ground.”

The victory was a much-needed confidence enhance for a Celtics group that had misplaced 4 of its previous six video games and is now 9-6 this season, and Irving welcomed the chance for Boston to check itself in opposition to Toronto (12-4), the highest group within the Japanese Convention.

“[Leonard] is among the best gamers in our recreation proper now, clearly, a lot respect,” Irving instructed ESPN.

“Going in opposition to a fantastic group with nice complementary gamers is at all times superior, however we wished to come back out and be the aggressive group.

“We bought type of stalled within the third quarter, however we picked it up within the stretch.

“Each groups seemed completely totally different than we did taking part in within the second recreation of the season [a 113-101 win for the Raptors]. It is nice to see progress. We’ll see extra progress all through the season, which I am appreciative of.”

Teammate Gordon Hayward hailed Irving’s contribution, including: “Man, he made some photographs tonight the place you are similar to, ‘Wow.’

“You catch your self being a fan. When he will get into that mode, the entire area knew the place we have been going, and so did the Raptors. They simply could not cease him.”

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