Irving looked solid in his first preseason game for the Boston Celtics.
The Boston Celtics hosted their first preseason game last night against the Charlotte Hornets, and it was the first look for fans to see offseason acquisitions Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward in action.
Irving, for his part, looked every bit like the four-time NBA All-Star in the 19 minutes he played.
Irving went 4-of-11 from the field, recording nine points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. He did not play in the second half.
Here’s his first bucket as a Celtic, which came with 8:43 to go in the first quarter.
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He also had a nice give-and-go for a two-handed dunk over Nicholas Batum shortly after.
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After the game, Irving admitted he was a bit rusty from so much time off.
“You know what it felt like, it was just so wide out there,” Irving told ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “I don’t know if you even understand what I’m saying, like when we start off the game, like my eyes were just wide. And the basket was a little bit smaller and things were just a lot bigger than what they are. And that’s just literally not playing basketball on an NBA floor for a few months.
“So I was taking in all that newness before I could even get so nervous and anxious. I know that will come when we play the Bucks [in Boston’s regular-season opener later this month]. As you can see, I’m ready for that.”
Up next, the Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers this Friday at 7 p.m. E.T.