Boston Celtics: 5 reasons Charles Barkley should not dismiss C’s

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 16: Kyrie Irving
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Kyrie’s leadership 

The Boston Celtics may be a team filled with young players, but they do have leadership and a veteran presence from both Al Horford and Kyrie Irving.

To focus more on Irving, the five-time All-Star guard has won a championship and has played in the NBA Finals the last couple of seasons.  He knows what it takes to win and has the ability to take over a game.

He may not be the type of superstar Barkley alludes to when speaking about LeBron James and James Harden, but he does and can make players around him better.

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In fact, it is Irving’s ability to lay back a bit and let the younger players play that has been impressive.  That inclusive style will go a long way in helping players like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum develop and compete against some of the best.

Kyrie Irving has also sacrificed his own offense at times to play better team defense and set up his teammates on offense.  If somehow Gordon Hayward comes back this season, Irving’s game will elevate even higher.

To sum it all up, when Uncle Drew is on his game, there is no better closer in the game. That’s why if the Celtics are involved in a close game, Irving’s ability to take charge gives them as good a chance to win any game against any team.