Brooklyn Nets: 3 performances from star players that prove title is within reach

James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets
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2. Kyrie Irving owning the Celtics in the postseason

Kyrie Irving’s relationship with the Boston Celtics relationship is about as compatible as oil and water. Remember he was going to re-sign there “if the fans would take him back”? Good times. Boston turned on him very quickly, and he returned the favor.

Regardless of the underlying reason as to why the relationship fell apart, it eventually did, resulting in the move that brought him to Brooklyn. From sage cleansing, to stomping on the Celtics logo, it was all a buildup for this moment.

In Game 4 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, Irving dropped 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Incredible … and then he got a water bottle thrown at him because he was too good.

Though it was something small and insignificant in the grand scheme of the season (since the Celtics didn’t come close to advancing), Irving proved a point that his commitment to the team, especially when he’s faced with a potentially difficult mental roadblock, cannot be questioned. Irving showed even more passion for his team this offseason with a post on Instagram just a few weeks back.

It seems now more than ever, Irving is ready to rock and bring home a ‘chip by any means necessary.