As irksome as the clear plastic mask might be, Irving said it was better from a team perspective than the black one he wore in 2012 with the Cleveland Cavaliers to protect a broken jaw.
Aware of the inevitable "media frenzy" that will come with the Celtics' winning streak as well as Thursday's showdown with the defending champion Warriors, Irving said he was "looking forward to all that hoopla". "The difference with the black mask is that they're not getting the ball because I couldn't see outside of my eyesight. When I have the mask on, I'm really dialed into what's in front of me, my peripherals are a little cut off, but it's just something you get used to".
As the presumed favorites in the Western Conference yet again, Golden State will be vying for their fourth-straight NBA Finals appearance this season, but the major question right now is who might represent the Eastern Conference. That black mask, like, it just takes away your vision.
The pairing of Kyrie Irving and a protective mask is not a loving combination, to be sure. He had a game-high 25 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in Tuesday's win, bringing his season averages to 20.6 points, 5.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds.
At Houston, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points to lead six Raptors in double figures as the Canadian club downed the host Rockets 129-113, snapping Houston's six-game win streak. If Kyrie Irving and company are able to take down Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and their squad, the Celtics will establish themselves as not only the best team in the East, but the best team in the entire National Basketball Association at the moment.
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"I just think it's his team", Kerr said.
The Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-102 on Tuesday to extend their winning run to 13 games on the bounce.
"Great", Celtics center Al Horford said of Irving's return.
An inability to contain Irving down the stretch sent the Nets to a seventh loss in nine games since beating Cleveland on October 25.
These Nets are a volume-shooting, pace-accelerated team under coach Kenny Atkinson. I know we have some true competitors on this team, and obviously they're the reigning champs. "But yeah, this was a good game for us".
"I'm glad I get to wear a clear one".