Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward ease into game action in Celtics’ preseason opener

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BOSTON — The sequence was a tiny glimpse of what the Boston Celtics might eventually become. Early in the first quarter of Kyrie Irving‘s first game in green, he ran a little give-and-go with Al Horford, who threaded a bounce pass through two Charlotte Hornets defenders that allowed Irving to finish with a two-handed slam.

While there’s still much for Boston’s overhauled roster to smooth out, Irving and fellow big-splash summer acquisition Gordon Hayward eased into game action during their team’s 94-82 triumph over Charlotte on Monday at TD Garden.

Irving finished with 9 points on 4-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a turnover in 19 minutes, 22 seconds of floor time in the first half. Hayward posted 5 points on 2-of-6 shooting with five rebounds over 16:37.

One day after gushing about the opportunity to play on the Garden floor when the Celtics held an open practice for season-ticket holders, Irving admitted he’s still getting used to the “newness” and didn’t really

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