“It confident appears like Boston is the crew of the upcoming in the East, with the belongings that they even now have and their young talent and their coaching, and Kyrie [Irving] is amazing,” Kerr mentioned right after practice Tuesday. “That appears like a crew that is likely to be at the leading of the East for a extensive time to occur. Irrespective of whether their time is now or the upcoming, which is to be identified, but they confident glance like they want it to be correct now.”
The Celtics prolonged their successful streak to 13 straight games with Tuesday’s 109-102 victory about the Brooklyn Nets. In a probable NBA Finals preview Thursday at TD Back garden, Boston will test to make it 14 straight when it takes on the Warriors for the to start with time this year. The Celtics (13-2) and Golden Condition (11-3) have the two very best information in the NBA.
Kerr raved about how very well the Celtics have included new players and young players although not lacking a conquer on their enhancement curve.
“They’re actually audio, and they’re motivated,” he mentioned. “It’s a crew which is been on the increase the very last pair of a long time. They dropped in the meeting finals. They want to win a championship, and it appears like it. Even devoid of Gordon Hayward and that terrible damage, Boston is just crushing people today. So, it is really likely to be actually fun to go against them on Thursday. We know how tough it is really likely to be.”
Irving, who performed his to start with six seasons in Cleveland ahead of coming to Boston in an offseason trade that sent Isaiah Thomas to the Cavs, has been a catalyst for his new crew. He experienced a activity-significant 25 points, 5 helps and 3 rebounds in Tuesday’s win, bringing his year averages to 20.6 points, 5.2 helps and 3.1 rebounds.
“I just think it is really his crew,” Kerr mentioned of Irving. “In Cleveland, he was such a dominant pressure, but it was normally likely to be LeBron’s crew. It just appears like Kyrie knows it is really his group and he’s thriving with that group of players all over him. It just appears like the following phase in his enhancement. He realized what he was executing when he resolved to go away. I admire Kyrie. Certainly, he’s been a thorn in our aspect for a long time, and now he just happens to use inexperienced.”
Boston is the to start with crew in NBA record to secure 12 straight victories right after losing the to start with two games of the year. The Warriors, not to be outdone, possess the next-longest active successful streak at 7, beating opponents by an average of 19.8 points in that span.
Boston and Golden Condition are also No. 1 and No. 2 in defensive ranking, at 95.4 and 101.8, respectively.
Golden Condition has won four straight at Boston. Kerr mentioned he understands these Celtics are a distinct crew, but that he’s enthusiastic for the option to gauge exactly where the two teams are thus considerably.
“It’s a fun detail, mainly because you only play these teams twice, naturally,” Kerr mentioned. “It’s fun to go against the contenders from the other meeting mainly because you get that glimpse and typically you happen to be only seeing them on Television. So, you choose gain of the two nights that you see them.”
Conscious of the inescapable “media frenzy” that will occur with the Celtics’ successful streak as very well as Thursday’s showdown with the defending winner Warriors, Irving mentioned he was “wanting forward to all that hoopla.”
“For us, it is really another activity for us to constantly get superior and a examination for us to actually continue to be together and clearly show our resilience and clearly show what we are actually designed of,” he mentioned. “That is one thing a competitor needs to be a aspect of. I know we have some correct rivals on this crew, and naturally they’re the reigning champs. For us, we are hoping to complete one thing larger than ourselves and win a championship. It’s a extensive street ahead but getting typical year games like this is normally fun.”
ESPN’s Chris Forsberg contributed to this report.