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Re: Changes in Kyrie Irving’s defense and defensive efforts this year, leading to his career-high eight steals
“No, I think he’s been pretty consistent with his efforts since he’s been here. You’d have to ask him, kind of, if he feels more comfortable maybe in how we’re trying to guard, from a systems standpoint, but he’s been good about locking in and honing in on the defensive end. And a lot of those steals happened because he was in perfect position. You know, he had a couple where he saw an opportunity and gambled a little bit. But I thought the rest of them were really good positioning and those – those are really good; those are exciting because when you get those, you’re – you’re not only making them take a tough shot, you’re in there to take the ball. And he was active with his hands, he was active on tags on the baseline, I just thought he was really locked in.”
How has it helped you getting your minutes back up and playing more consistently with getting your minutes back up?
“I think one of them is health. I feel better. I’ve been feeling much better the past couple weeks. Therefore, my minutes are also up. It just feels good to have no restrictions on the court.”
Brad got his 250th win tonight, which is hard to do. What does it say about the job he has done?
“I think he has done great. Not just with this team but over the last five or six years. Just getting everything out of the groups that he has had. He came in here, in a rebuilding situation and really put his mark on the teams that he’s had. Ended up playing him twice in the playoffs, three times in the playoffs. It’s great to see the success he has had. Just super proud of him to get his 250th win.”
Re: Your role as a mentor
“It is fine, I am just trying to do my job. Every night is something different. I am trying to leave something with these guys from a leaders standpoint and a player standpoint. Hopefully I will be able to do that once I walk away from this game.”
Re: Kyrie Irving’s performance
“We have to play perfectly offensively when your dealing with Kyrie Irving on the other end. It seemed like he made every single play. When we were trying to get the ball out of his hands, he was just brilliant at the end.”
Re: Brad Steven’s 250th regular season win with the Boston Celtics
“We wish there were more places like Boston that have great ownership, management, and stability. They know how tough this profession of coaching is. Then when you add in an extremely talented coach, like Brad [Stevens] there is a reason why they have banners and reasons why they have had success. You have to have continuity and consistency practically when times get tough. They have had tough times and they have been able to weather those and take the benefits. Brad is a tremendous coach and has been a great addition to the league bringing in a different background, a college background and has done a phenomenal job.”
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