By Greg Cassoli
Kyrie Irving was forced to watch the Boston Celtics’ postseason run from the bench. A pair of knee surgeries erased any hope of his participation.
Boston achieved considerable success even without its star point guard in the fold. The Celtics pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
“I was just so proud of our guys and what they did. They surpassed expectations,” Irving told reporters today, per The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach. “I’m glad everyone was able to see how special they were on a bigger stage.”
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Boston’s younger players shined in the absence of Irving and fellow sidelined star Gordon Hayward. Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Terry Rozier all took substantial steps forward in their development in particular.
The trio’s collective growth, paired with the return of the Celtics injured stars, has plenty of people believing that Boston will be exceptionally formidable next year. Irving can be counted among...