Following a 107-114 defeat to the Celtics, Nets star Kyrie Irving shared his thoughts on Boston’s success this season:
“I’m not surprised at all. I think the timing is right. Their window is now for these young guys that are on this team that have matured. They’ve been through series together, they’ve been through seasons together, they’ve been through battles together, and I got a chance to experience some of that.”
Irving also praised the ‘difference’ he sees in the Celtics this year, primarily due to Coach Ime Udoka.
“But you’re just seeing there’s a difference in their verve, there’s a difference in the way they approach the game, and also they have a set offense and defense that they rely on — Ime has been a huge part of that,” Irving said.
Irving also credited longtime Celtics head coach turned executive Brad Stevens, calling him the man in the ‘President’s role’ that ‘has a lot to do with it.’
The Celtics are currently up 2-0 on Irving and the Nets, with the two squads set to clash for Game 3 in Barclays Center on Saturday.