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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr concurrently praised the Boston Celtics and threw shade on the Cleveland Cavaliers in only a few minutes.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Kerr known as the Celtics “the team of the future in the East” and praised their on-court cohesion. He additionally described Kyrie Irving as “amazing.” The Athletic’s Anthony Slater shared Kerr’s feedback:
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Steve Kerr on the Celtics, who he calls “the team of the future” within the East https://t.co/tGCoVbypWB
That’s to not say Kerr’s evaluation of the Celtics is huge of the mark.
While the Cavs are presumably the East’s greatest workforce, LeBron James’ impending free company is an enormous query surrounding the franchise. And till he steps on the courtroom, no one is aware of whether or not Isaiah Thomas will be an All-NBA guard once more when he recovers from his hip harm.
The Celtics, in the meantime, personal the perfect report within the NBA (12-2) in what’s alleged to be a yr of adjustment following the additions of Irving and Gordon Hayward—and Hayward’s subsequent harm on opening night time.
The silver lining of Hayward’s fractured ankle is that it has pressured Boston’s younger expertise to tackle bigger roles, and so they’ve flourished consequently. Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.7 factors and 6.9 rebounds, whereas Jayson Tatum is scoring 13.6 factors an evening and capturing 47.6 p.c from past the arc. Marcus Smart’s 5.eight assists per recreation are a profession excessive.
Until any person dethrones the Cavaliers, they continue to be the kings of the East, however the Celtics are on the rise. Thursday’s recreation between Golden State and Boston may very well be a preview of the NBA Finals in just a few years.