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Irving finally breaks the supposed “curse” with a win over the Celtics

BOSTON – Whatever so-called curse the Boston Celtics had on Kyrie Irving is now over.Kyrie

A member of the Celtics from 2017 to ’19, Irving had posted an abysmal 0-13 record against the Celtics since leaving that franchise to sign a free agent contract with the Brooklyn Nets on July 7, 2019. But the experienced guard eventually broke. the so-called “curse” and was on the winning side of a game against the Celtics as the Dallas Mavericks routed Boston, 122-84, on Friday night at the American Airlines Center.

“It took time, I tell you,” Irving said. “It’s hard because as a competitor you try not to show all your emotions to give yourself an edge.

“When you compete against the best of the best, they will use everything to their advantage. I think they were able to do that. That’s why I referred to having my number or knowing my game very well.”

Irving scored 21 points on 10 of 18 shooting in 31 minutes in helping the Mavs destroy the Celtics. He also had six assists and four rebounds to get any monkey off his back Kyrieconditions of not being able to beat the Celtics.

“I think I was also able to take a step back and talk to my teammates a little bit more about what that pressure can feel like,” Irving said. “Not just losing to a team, but just going against a team and knowing they’re doing everything they can to stop you.

“But it’s a team game, so I really have to rely on my teammates. I think we all did a great job of that (Friday) – continuing to support each other.”

Although Irving has finally gotten a win over the Celtics since leaving in 2019, he knows he is still 0-7 in games played.Kyrien Boston since he left Beantown. He hopes to break that alleged “curse” when Game 5 is played in Boston on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

“You saw all those Celtics fans in (AAC on Friday),” Irving said. “They travel in packs. When we go to Boston, some of them will still be yelling a lot of crazy things, but I think we’ve been able to grow and overcome these adversities.

Meanwhile, the Mavs won Game 4 by a whopping 38 points. That’s the third-largest margin of victory by any team in NBA Finals history, surpassed only by the 42 points Chicago gave up to Utah in 1998 and the 39 points the Celtics gave to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008.

No NBA team has ever rallied to win a best-of-seven series after trailing 3–0, and no team has ever won the championship after losing a game in the finals by at least 38 points. have lost. But one of those rare cases will occur before this series is in the history books.

“We’re sort of figuring each other out in a crazy way at the highest stage of basketball,” Irving said. “It’s a beautiful thing, but it can also be chaotic if you don’t know how to keep going through it.

“I think we’re figuring each other out in those phases.”

At one point in the second half of Friday’s game, the Mavs led the Celtics by as many as 48 points (115-67). It’s the largest lead any team has ever built in the NBA FinalsKyrieAt least 50 years, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

“That’s how we started the game,” Irving said. “Our ability to go home, get some rest, and not have the same 48 hours to get our bodies ready and recover, so it felt like it was pretty much the regular season in that aspect.

“For us, we wanted to make it a lot more respectable than it has been in the last few games in terms of limiting our mistakes on defense. We’ve been one of the best teams in the league when it comes to stops. That has been our identity.”

And the Mavs ultimately used their identity to get plenty of stops Friday, as they limited the Celtics to 36.2 percent shooting, which was their second-worst field goal percentage of the season. Additionally, the 84 points the Celtics scored were the fewest Boston has produced in a game this season.

Additionally, the 26 points the Celtics scored in the paint were the lowest of the season. And Celtics guard Jrue Holiday’s -38 plus-minus was the worst of any player in a finals game in the past 25 years.

In other words, this was total domination on the part of the Mavs.

“I think we play better offensively when we can get stops, push the tempo and get easy opportunities in transition, which is something we haven’t done as much the last few games,” Irving said. “It felt good to be on the positive side and see our hard work pay off, especially on defense.”

It probably also felt good for Irving to finally break that so-called “curse” of not being able to beat the Celtics.

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