January 21, 2019

What the Boston Celtics’ reliance on Kyrie Irving means

The Boston Celtics are relying heavily on Kyrie Irving to win their last three games, is that a good thing?
How do we feel about the Boston Celtics leaning heavily on Kyrie Irving lately?

Since publicly criticizing his younger teammates and assuming complete responsibility for this team’s results, Irving has been playing at an MVP level. Wednesday he went for 27 points and 18 assists, last night he gets 38 points and ll assists, and on the second night of a back-to-back, Irving scores 32 points in a hard fought victory over the pesky Atlanta Hawks.

The Celtics are searching for consistency, and Irving is seemingly there to power them through every time. Their reliance on the superstar guard could be a bad thing if the team never learns to play together, but for now it can be looked at as the team settling into their roles, with Irving as the centerpiece of it all.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, the most important part of the offense has to be established before the rest. As the flow of the game goes towards crunch time, Boston looks in one direction.

Going into the season, there wasn’t a clear hierarchy of roles set in stone. Given the teams success against the extreme adversity of injuries to the roster, the pecking order was unclear and up for the taking.

There’s a common theme among the Eastern Conference’s elite teams. The clear hierarchy within their locker rooms. In Toronto, Kawhi Leonard is the main man, with Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Danny Green playing off of him. In Milwaukee, everything revolves around Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.

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The Celtics have about five or six players who are capable of running offense through. It’s harder to keep a player who is so good at creating to hone it in and play within a role. I truly believe the Celtics are finally buying in across the roster and are setting their hierarchy. Some players you just shouldn’t try to hold back. Kyrie Irving is that guy, and the Celtics are wise to give him all the tools to ball out.

2 thoughts on “What the Boston Celtics’ reliance on Kyrie Irving means

  1. Kyrie, adopts Bob Cousy style of play, is a good thing.
    Cousy scores when needed, but running the break n getting everyone involved was key. Nate Archibald did same thing as well as Karry Burd from the SF position.

    We need another BIGGUY to compliment our big 3 now n with Horford getting older. Patience with Tatem, Brown, n Rozier.

    I believe we need to remain intact n can win with what we got. Unless we can land Davis or Towns etc, we should not pull the trigger or give away too much.

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