‘It’s just fun, man’: Kyrie Irving continues to justify the Celtics’ summer blockbuster

Kyrie Irving (47 points) puts up a shot during the Celtics’ 110-102 overtime win over the Mavericks Monday night. (Larry W. Smith/EPA)

DALLAS — Kyrie Irving’s Twitter bio consists of one four-word sentence: “Fear is not real.”

One would be forgiven for chuckling at such a line, seeing as how it sounds lifted directly from a Nike promotional tour. But when it comes to Irving, it can also be seen as an accurate depiction of how he feels and reacts in a game’s most pressure-filled moments.

Take Monday night, for example. The Boston Celtics came here to face the dismal Mavericks, hoping to extend their remarkable winning streak to 16 games, only to find themselves once again trailing by double-digits in the fourth quarter. But just when it looked as though the Celtics might wilt in the face of a surprising effort from a game Mavericks squad, Irving was there to carry them home.

With 17 points in the fourth quarter and overtime — including going 4-for-4 from the field and scoring 10 points in the extra session — Irving finished the game with 47 points on 16-for-22 shooting, lifting Boston to a 110-102 victory and leading the Celtics to yet another dramatic, come-from-behind victory

“It’s just fun, man,” Irving said afterward of his success in late

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/11/21/its-just-fun-man-kyrie-irving-continues-to-justify-the-celtics-summer-blockbuster/

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