BOSTON – We saw Kyrie Irving doing incredible things with basketball, but her emotions generally seemed to be locked up.
Not Wednesday night.
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Irving and the Celtics have once again proven that they are at their best against the best by beating the Raptors 117-108.
He led the Celtics with his eighth double-double of the season, scoring 27 points while handing out a career-high 18 assists for scoring or assisting in the last 11 points of the Boston match.
"In a way, people still think I can not pass," said Irving. "It's always an interesting thing to get a career in. It made my job a lot easier tonight I was just trying to find some guys open." I felt good about basketball , taking over when needed. "
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has watched Irving play since he was trying to be part of the U18 American basketball team.
So, seeing Irving go for big help nights now is not shocking at all.
"He's always been a special playmaker," said Stevens. "He was always able to play with the ball and play for himself and for others – it was always something he could do, he did it more than people talked about it in Cleveland and, you know, he's threatening to do good Obviously, he gets a lot of attention and he usually knows how to read that, he's an excellent smuggler, and he's a great passer.
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Boston would score on his next three possessions with Irving assisting on the three baskets manufactured.
"He (Irving) has done some really good games," said Stevens. "We were just trying to do different pick-and-roll matches, and in the end, they were doing what we call" fly change "and talking about the ones they wanted to bring with the ball, and we just beat it guys and made games for Al (Horford) so … he did a great job. "
Horford, who had 24 points, including four of the last six points of the Boston match, echoed similar sentiments about Irving's game.
"He was able to show his versatility," Horford said. "The way he played, he had the defense to the end, they did not know when he was going to score or he was going to come in. He was just playing the right game every time."
Kawhi Leonard of Toronto, who scored 33 points with all the scorers, acknowledged the pickle in which the Irving game placed him, as well as his teammates.
"When you have Kyrie with basketball, it's hard to leave someone on the heights to play one against one," said Leonard. "They did a good job tonight, he (Irving) did a good job tonight."
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"It's ridiculous, dude," Smart told NBC Sports Boston. "His IQ basketball is one of the best in the world, which is why he is what he is … Uncle Drew and rightly so.He played the game as it should. When he enters this area, it is difficult to stop him. "
And while Irving's evening was interrupted, the one thing the stats sheet did not show was clearly visible in plain sight … Irving was having fun.
"In this league, no matter how many matches you've played, no matter what's going on outside, or anything like that, you really have to enjoy the game you like on a very high level. high, "said Irving. . "Having fun with that, I felt we had done a good job with that tonight and nurtured our fans too."
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