After a rough first few games in green, Kyrie Irving has quickly started to gel with his new team. The Boston Celtics started the season off with an 0-2 record, in addition to this bad start, the team lost an all-star in Gordon Hayward. Early on it became apparent that Kyrie’s biggest struggle without Hayward was his efficiency as the number one option, shooting a woeful .385% from the floor.
Now with six games under his belt, it appears that Irving has figured out the Brad Stevens’ system. Leading his C’s to a nice little four-game win streak, including an impressive blowout victory against the San Antonio Spurs.
Not only are his offensive numbers coming back to form, but his defense has surprisingly been effective as well. Irving is currently ranked fifth in the league in steals (2.3). To go along with Boston solidifying themselves as a top-10 defense in the league. Opposing teams are averaging less than 95 points a game, an extremely low number considering the offensive power around the league. It is also worth noting that this team lost two defensive studs with Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder, yet they have found success in containing opponents.
With Boston having such a young rotation, starting both a 21 and 19-year-old, Irving and the C’s are on pace to continue to improve throughout the developing season. Though this team may be somewhat difficult to predict moving forward, one thing that we know for sure is that Kyrie can lead his own winning team.