Irving was part of the blockbuster trade over the summer to Boston, where he figured to be the star around which all the Celtics worked. Heading into the game, the Celtics had a nine-game winning streak and were the top-rated defense in the NBA with a 19- and 21-year old (Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown) in the starting lineup. They had their solidified starters, and some great depth with how Terry Rozier had been playing.
They had a bunch of rookies and two decent additions to go along with Horford.
Due to the injuries to Horford and Tatum, Stevens will more than likely need to lean on Marcus Morris more than expected going forward.
With the upstart Los Angeles Lakers in town, the men in green and white were likely a bit extra-motivated - and in the first half it showed as the Celtics raced out to a 21-point advantage.
Some critics asked why he would leave LeBron and that ticket to the NBA Finals, but it seems that Irving knew what he was doing.
The best moment of the video may come at the four-second mark, when Irving tries to get by the Lakers center Brook Lopez. It's a long season.
No Al Horford, no Jayson Tatum, no problem.
With time the game will slow down for him, and with some tweaks he should find a comfort level with his shot.
The biggest surprise, however, has been Daniel Theis and Semi Ojeleye. But the quick start was soon countered by a typical NBA run from the Lakers as the game turned from blowout-city to relatively exciting, back-and-forth hoops. "It's just in my head, to be honest". The two of them are bringing great rim protection, as well as versatility. Just got to stay positive and keep putting in work. With an understanding that Ball is being picked on because of his dad, Morris said after the game that he is pulling for the kid.
So far this season, #Kyrie Irving has proven his skeptics wrong in his move from Cleveland to Boston. Nobody's saying that Ball will become the player that Kidd became, but the numbers are so similar that it's at least worth taking a look. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.8 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 94.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting. "That's what (coach) Luke (Walton) and Magic (Johnson) have been telling me", Ball said. Irving has become the king of his new city. Unusually poor performance didn't prevent the Warriors to defeat Miami.
The Celtics came away with a 107-96 win, their 10th in a row.