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Kyrie Irving says Celtics developing ‘cemented trust’

Since the Boston Celtics (46-20) lost a 123-120 heartbreaker to the Western Conference’s current No. 1 seed in the Houston Rockets, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and the Celtics have responded with two straight road victories. According to a tweet on Saturday afternoon from Scott Souza of MetroWest Daily News, Irving opened up about cementing a trust over time with his teammates for the long run.

“We’re developing a cemented trust – not just a game-to-game trust. We’re getting to know one another and just continuing to grow closer as a group. We know what we’re getting into – what we’re getting prepared for,” Irving said.

The 25-year-old star guard continues to shine in his first season with the Celtics after he was acquired over the summer from the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 59 starts this season, Irving is averaging a team-high 24.7 points per game on 49.1 percent shooting from the field.

Irving and the Celtics have managed to win six of their first seven games after the All-Star break and are now 2.5 games back of the Toronto Raptors for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, this Boston team is going to have to face even more adversity for the foreseeable future as rising star shooting guard Jaylen Brown will have to miss at least one week of action.

During the third quarter of Thursday night’s 117-109 road victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Brown took a frightening fall after a dunk and sustained a concussion. In Brown’s absence, expect rookie small forward Jayson Tatum to have an even bigger role in head coach Brad Steven’s offense when the Celtics host the Indiana Pacers (38-28) on Sunday night at TD Garden.