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Kyrie Irving gives his jersey, shoes to soldiers on military appreciation night

15 November, 2017, 12:08 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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One would think a team playing this style is good preparation for the next one on the schedule - the defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors.

A masked Kyrie Irving returned to the court Tuesday night to help the Celtics beat the Nets 109-102, giving Boston its thirteenth straight victory after an 0-2 start. "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 difference with the black mask is that they're not getting the ball because I couldn't see outside of my eyesight".

As irksome as the clear plastic mask might be, Irving said it was better from a team perspective than the black one he wore in 2012 with the Cleveland Cavaliers to protect a broken jaw.

Irving suffered a facial fracture Friday in Boston's 90-87 victory over Charlotte when Australian teammate Aron Baynes elbowed him accidentally.

"But the biggest one is the most obvious one: that Gordon Hayward, one of the 25 best players in the world, got hurt in the first game, then they lost the second one and were pretty close to losing to the Sixers in the third one". "We just have to play really solid on both ends and do what we do as well as we can and see where we stand".

Morris added 21 and 10 rebounds and Tatum contributed 19. He fiddled with the mask frequently, but it didn't seem to affect his play much.

Boston then finally put it away with Jaylen Brown's alley-oop feed to Tatum before Irving hit two free throws to make it 106-96.

Irving, who played his first six seasons in Cleveland before coming to Boston in an offseason trade that sent Isaiah Thomas to the Cavs, has been a catalyst for his new team.

Joe Harris scored 19 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who are without leading scorer D'Angelo Russell because of a bruised left knee. He scored a then career-high 41 points in a loss at NY on December 15, 2012, while with Cleveland.

"It's nearly like having somewhat foggy blinders on", Irving said.

"They turned up their defense and we couldn't handle it", Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.

At Dallas, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 32 points and Australian guard Patty Mills added 19 to spark the San Antonio Spurs over the Dallas Mavericks 97-91.

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