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Kyrie Irving praises Celtics for ‘gritty’ win over Pacers, but says they still need to improve

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The Boston Celtics took a 2-0 series lead over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, but Kyrie Irving is far from satisfied.

Irving, who finished with a 37-point performance on 6-of-10 shooting from the perimeter, praised his teammates for what he called a “gritty” win. He also commended the Celtics for executing well and finding new ways to score. However, he pointed out that there are still things that they can improve as the postseason progresses.

Despite a clear vintage Irving shooting parade, the Celtics have reason to believe they can turn it up a few notches. Irving noted before the playoffs started that he doesn’t “see anybody” beating them in a full series. So far, he has stayed true to his word as they head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse — home of the Pacers — unscathed.

The Celtics were mired in injuries all season, and they will certainly need to continue excelling with the “next man up” mentality that propelled them to the Eastern Conference Finals last year.

Defensive savant Marcus Smart remains sidelined for at least the first couple rounds with an oblique injury. However, a roster doused with a healthy Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford and Jayson Tatum isn’t a bad consolation.