Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics finally finding groove in East
14th December 2018

These are the Boston Celtics we expected this season. Winners of seven consecutive games, Kyrie Irving swishing near-impossible 3-pointers, Marcus Smart doing a bit of everything, Marcus Morris putting together a career year and a deep bench contributing where necessary.

Where have those Celtics been all season? What’s the difference between a 9-9 start and an 8-1 record since? For Irving it’s distilled into one word.

"Fun," he said. "Just having fun. That’s really all it comes down (to)."

Why weren’t they having fun?

"Just weren’t. It happens," Irving said. "New group. New environment. New things to figure out. Expectations you have for what you want to be and how you want to win. We expected things to come easy. That’s being part of team environment. Even the best teams had to go through trials of figuring out what they look like every day."

It was expected externally and even internally that the Celtics would simply add Irving and Gordon Hayward back to a lineup that took Cleveland to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals and they would roll through the East this season.

Irving and Hayward are healthy again, but it hasn't worked out that way. The Celtics struggled early, trying to find the right starting lineup and rotations while other teams got off to impressive starts. 

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