Saying the Celtics are hot would be an extreme understatement. Saying Kyrie Irving if living up to the expectations put on him in Boston, would also be an extreme understatement.
Last night, The Celtics kept things rolling as they topped the Dallas Mavericks on the road by a score of 110-102.
Irving went 16-22 from the field and 5-7 from downtown to cap off an impressive 47-point performance.
To give some perspective on how dominating Irving was, the Mavericks fans were chanting “MVP” at one point during this game.
This pushes the Celtics to a 16-2 overall record, marking 16 wins in a row following two losses to start out the season.
Many criticized Irving for leaving Cleveland, but he has proven all of his doubters wrong to this point. Averaging 22.5 points and 5.3 assists per game, Irving is slowly pushing himself into the early MVP conversation.
What makes this performance even more impressive from a team-wide perspective is that the Celtics are without all-star forward Gordon Hayward who was acquired by the Celtics late in the offseason.
Hayward, who injured his ankle in one of the most gruesome injuries in NBA history, will likely be out for the entire season.
Nonetheless, with the success the Celtics are having this year, it makes them even that much scarier that they are missing one of their best players.