If you had any doubt about Kyrie Irving as a leader, well, his performance last night might change your mind. Kyrie finished the game against the Toronto Raptors with 27 points – four of those points were in the clutch. It was Kyrie who hit a foul-line fadeaway to give Boston its first lead. Then he hit a 31-foot three pointer to help seal the win against the conference-leading Raptors.
Al Horford and Jayson Tatum also produced effective stats for Boston as Horford chipped in 24, and Tatum posted a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds). Hayward also logged in 18 points, as he looks more and more like his old self.
For Irving, it’s been a dynamic journey for him as he starts to come into his own as a leader. His stellar performance last night, comes after an apology he gave to former teammate, Lebron James.
“Obviously, this was a big deal for me, because I had to call [LeBron] and tell him I apologized for being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips, and I wanted everything at my threshold. I wanted to be the guy that led us to a championship. I wanted to be the leader. I wanted to be all that, and the responsibility of being the best in the world and leading your team is something that is not meant for many people.”
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