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Celtics’ Brad Stevens praises ‘ridiculous’ Kyrie Irving, says his clutch floater was a ‘joke’

Kyrie Irving, Celtics

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens wasn’t able to hide his delight for Kyrie Irving, who played a huge role in their Game 3 win over the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers went into the game with the intention of trapping Irving more. However, that didn’t work as Irving continued to make big plays for the Celtics to punish the home team.

Irving finished with an all-around game of 19 points, five rebounds and 1o assists. Moreover, with the game close at 91-89 with less than five minutes remaining, he made the crucial basket to allow the Celtics to pull away for good.

Stevens was impressed with Irving’s performance, saying that he was ridiculous throughout and that his big-time floating jump shot was ‘just a joke.’

The Celtics now lead the Pacers 3-0 in their first round postseason series, and Kyrie Irving has been the key piece that keeps them playing at a high level.

Through three games in the playoffs, Irving is averaging 25.3 points, 5.3 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game. He has also been efficient, banking more than 35 percent of his shots in those contests.

Boston will be looking to close out the series in Game 4 at Indiana, and Irving is expected to take over and be the main man to guide the Beantown team to the second round.