It felt like an old-school pickup game, and we all know the rules of the playground: no blood, no foul. Toughest team wins.
So here we are now, two games into this zero-to-90 Eastern playoff series, and there’s really no other way to say this: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving look soft. The greatest player in the world, Durant, looks like he wants no part of a Celtics defense that is swarming like a pack of wolves. Meanwhile, Irving appears as he did in his final series for the Celtics three years ago – like a hotel guest on his way to the airport.
“I’m not surprised at all,” Irving told reporters after the Celtics overcame a 17-point deficit to claim a 114-107 win and a commanding 2-0 series lead last night at the TD Garden. “I just think the timing is right. Their window is now for these young guys on this team that have matured. They’ve been through series together, been through seasons together, they’ve been through battles together.”
Irving should know, of course.
After all, they spent much of their earlier years battling him.