Boston Celtics: Kyrie Irving is a masterpiece in motion

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 4: Kyrie Irving
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 4: Kyrie Irving /

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving continues to showcase his dominance in the final minutes of games.  He is a masterpiece in motion.

When the game is on the line, Kyrie Irving takes it to another level.  With the Boston Celtics crowd chanting M-V-P, the dynamic point guard once again closed out another opponent in the team’s 97-90 victory over the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Without both Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown, the Celtics needed every bit of Irving’s 23 points, including nine in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.  In fact, the man known as Uncle Drew led a 12-2 run down the stretch with his overpowering drives to the hoop and finishes that broke the back of the Mavericks.

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One of which, was this nice layup off a fast break that went for a three-point play that not only put the game away, but silenced enthusiastic Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

By now, Celtics fans shouldn’t be surprised about the late-game heroics, but Irving always finds a way to deliver in a different fashion every game.  Even when opposing defenses know the ball will be in his hands, his ball handling skills and powerful finishes leave defenders shaking their heads.

Doing it on all levels

And it’s not all scoring that had made Kyrie Irving a viable MVP candidate this season.  The man is dishing the ball and playing the type of defense that showcases that he has bought in to the Brad Stevens school of basketball and willing to do whatever it takes to win basketball game.

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With his overall game transcending to another level, it looks easy out there for Irving who has 74 clutch-time points.  The scoring, defense, ball handling and leadership on and off the court is a reason why the 2017-18 Boston Celtics are 22-4 despite the loss of Gordon Hayward.

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When asked about the fun he is having on the court, Kyrie Irving chalked it all up to the art of playing basketball.

"“It’s just a constant masterpiece that you have to paint.  Sometimes it’s going to be all scribble and stuff like that, it’s OK to get out of the lines,” Irving said, via ESPN.  “That’s the way I think of it sometimes or, excuse me, most of the time when I’m describing it and watching it, just watching so many different details that I need to do in order to think about the best way to get a win.”"

Looking at it from that perspective, this man who is a four-time NBA All-star and NBA champion is showing his former teammate LeBron James that he is not the only one in the league who can do it on all parts of the floor.

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Now all he has to do is beat him on the basketball court.