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Kyrie Irving can’t wait for the playoffs

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Irving spoke about the grind of the regular season after Wednesday’s loss to Portland.

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BOSTON - Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving had 31 points on 14/24 shooting in the team’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, but it’s clear that the all-star is ready to put the regular season in the rear-view.

“I can’t wait for all this other BS about the regular season, ‘keep getting better,’ talking over and over again about what we can do to keep getting better playing in the regular season, I just want to be at the highest level playing,” said Irving. “That’s what I’m here for.”

Irving’s season, just like Boston’s, has had its fair share of ups and downs. Despite their roller coaster-like ways, he says the Celtics can’t focus on the standings as they head towards the postseason.

“You can’t worry about the standings now, it’s too late in the season,” Irving said. “Obviously, the four-five spot, but one-two is pretty much locked up, one-two-three. So just play.”

While he believes his teammates shouldn’t be worried about the playoff picture, he does remain certain on one thing: the Celtics can compete with and beat any team in the Eastern Conference. He doubled down on this thought at TD Garden on Wednesday, while referencing the 2017 Cleveland Cavaliers.

“We lose a bunch of games in a row and we end up sweeping the whole Eastern Conference,” said Irving. “I don’t think anybody in the Eastern Conference can really compete with us at a high level when we’re playing the way we’re supposed to be playing.”

Boston wasn’t at their best on Wednesday night, and they haven’t been over the course of the current four-game losing streak, but that doesn’t mean the Celtics can’t bounce back.

“We know what we’re capable of. When we don’t play to that level, we know. We know the type of level we have to play at, and just doing it consistently.”