Kyrie Irving gives game-worn jersey, sneakers to troops

Kyrie Irving gives game-worn jersey, sneakers to troops

"It sure looks like Boston is the team of the future in the East, with the assets that they still have and their young talent and their coaching, and Kyrie [Irving] is unbelievable", Kerr told reporters after practice on Tuesday, per ESPN's Chris Haynes.

"Just wearing a mask for precautionary reasons", Irving said.

The All-Star point guard suffered a facial fracture in the first quarter against the Charlotte Hornets last Friday. The Celtics will now sit at 13-2, with the NBA's best record, when they take on the West-leading defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in a marquee nationally televised matchup between the league's best offense (Golden State, averaging a blistering 116.1 points per 100 possessions) and its No. 1 defense (Boston, allowing a minuscule 95.8 points-per-100). "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".

The pairing of Kyrie Irving and a protective mask is not a loving combination, to be sure.

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". After a busy summer that saw Boston land Gordon Hayward in free agency and Kyrie Irving via trade, the Celtics were tapped by many as having a real shot to take down Irving's former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and making it back to the NBA Finals.

According to a tweet posted this morning by Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe, the Celtics star stated that he was accidentally hit in the face by his daughter, who's turning two years old, Azurie Elizabeth Irving the other day.

The masked Irving helped the Boston Celtics to their 13th win in a row, but it was sneakers that made more noise than his 25-point night.

An inability to contain Irving down the stretch sent the Nets to a seventh loss in nine games since beating Cleveland on October 25.

"I don't worry about him getting a rhythm too much", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Joe Harris scored 19 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Nets. They're great at that. So I'm just like, 'Oh, basket.' Like, this is just the best-case scenario. He got there in 835 away games, 41 fewer than Pat Riley.