Boston Celtics: 5 obstacles to contending in 2017-18

Andrew Cummings
October 17, 2017

"It's a huge game for Kyrie, and I think one we're all looking to play our best for him, not only for the team but for him".

Going forward, I kind of wanted to put that to rest in terms of everyone figuring out or trying to figure out and dive in and continue to dive into a narrative that they have no idea about and that probably will never, ever be divulged, because it's not important. "This was literally just a decision I wanted to make exclusively based on my happiness and pushing my career forward". They continue to move on with their life and continue to progress. However, the new-look Celtics team featuring All-Stars Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford, besides the young core of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, could make some noise against Cleveland in a likely conference finals rematch next May.

If there are any games to look forward to, this is one of them.

Irving's latest last week was he said Boston was a "real, live sports city". "It's a little different for all of us but my 6 years being here, they were something that helped me evolve as a man and coming in here every single night and strapping up my shoelaces for the Cleveland Cavaliers was something awesome and now I start a new journey, a new step in my career and I'm ready to get it started".

While Irving's return could be unruly, it won't compare to what James experienced in 2010, when he came back to Cleveland as a member of the Miami Heat after bolting his home state as a free agent a few months earlier.

But why did he feel that couldn't happen in Cleveland?

"We've got the best fans in the world and they're going to do whatever they see best", he said. So that right there is a different framework than what I saw previous year.

"And, defence, raising the level of awareness out there, I mean, they have Jae Crowder at the 4 and Kevin Love at the 5".

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