How good was former Blue Devil Kyrie Irving against the Celtics? Try this: in the last four games against Boston, Irving shot 66.7%.
You might see that from someone like Shaquille O’ Neal, who is massive and powerful and who works close to the basket. But a 6-3 guard? That’s incredible.
He also hit 55.6% from three point range in those games.
Of course Golden State knows exactly who he is after he torched them last year and gutted them with the game clinching shot in Game 7.
He is not yet being mentioned with the all-time greats, but consider this: by general consensus, ball handling today has evolved far beyond what it used to be. Recently Allen Iverson confirmed this, saying that guys today had evolved well past his own remarkable level.
Kyrie Irving is the best ballhandler in the game today which makes him, arguably, the best ball handler in the history of the game.
Consider that for a minute or two.
First line of defense for the Warriors: Klay Thompson.