It was apparent early on Wednesday that Kyrie Irving would take once again take over the T.D. Garden. The star point guard dropped 14 of the Celtics’ first 26 points and finished with 34 points overall in Boston’s 134-106 drubbing over the Hornets.
Irving’s first spectacular basket of the evening came midway through the first quarter, when he nailed a jump shot while seemingly standing behind the backboard on the side of the court. Even when the Hornets covered Irving tightly, such as when he heaved a pull back jumper over Kemba Walker with the shot clock expiring in the third quarter, stopping him was a futile effort. Since the All-Star Break, Irving has averaged 27 points per game while dishing out six rebounds and six assists on a nightly basis.
The Celtics have had many great players throughout their history. But Irving is perhaps their first true modern NBA star –– a player who’s just as comfortable dishing about league and societal issues as he is making a wide-open three-pointer. Over the weekend, Irving pleaded on Instagram for the league to look into Warriors forward Zaza Pachulia, who fell on Russell Westbrook’s leg Saturday night. When asked about his comment after the game, Irving called out Pachulia for his history of seemingly dirty plays.
“As a player, we’ve seen it happen before for years and years with him doing (expletive) like that,” Irving said, per Gary Washburn of the Globe. “I don’t want the league to just suspend him for 10 games, but you’ve got to take a look at it or something. That’s unacceptable in this game.
“We all saw what was going on. Whether people want to admit it or not, that’s on them. But for me, I voiced my opinion. It’s not me going against the league. I felt that play was just unnecessary. It was totally unnecessary.”
Westbrook also called Pachulia “dirty,” saying he thought the play was intentional.
Due to Irving’s comments, the NBA’s decision to not discipline Pachulia will probably be one of the biggest talkers around the league Thursday. Irving sets the agenda off the court, just like he’s been carrying the Celtics on it.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog