Brad Stevens lauds Kyrie Irving’s defense after big plays help clinch Celtics win over Thunder
The Boston Celtics defeated the highly talented Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon, with point guard Kyrie Irving leading the way for the surging Eastern Conference franchise. With Irving’s defense becoming the topic of discussion on Sunday, it was clear that Celtics head coach Brad Stevens took notice.
“Kyrie’s in the right spot a lot,” said Stevens, via Jay King of The Athletic. “He’s got unbelievable instincts, and he also has an unbelievable ability to recognize the biggest threat in the room.”
Kyrie Irving: "We’re feeling good. We’re feeling good. We’ve just gotta keep it up.”
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) February 3, 2019
Despite the fact that Irving will no doubt be finishing the 2018-19 campaign as a member of the Celtics, the former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard has become the talk of the league once again over the course of the last week or so.
With the lowly New York Knicks now officially gearing up for what could become a massive offseason, Irving has once again been linked to the rival franchise as free agency looms. Nonetheless, Irving has continued to help the Celtics in the meantime, with Boston previously defeating the Knicks on Friday evening before upending the Thunder ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII matchup.
As a result of the Sunday win, Irving finished the inter-conference outing with a whopping 30 points alongside 11 assists and four rebounds across 37 minutes of action. To no surprise, Irving’s 30 points and 37 minutes were both team-high marks against the Thunder. Oklahoma City small forward Paul George was the only player on the court to outduel Irving on Sunday en route to producing 37 points across 39 minutes.