Everyone knows Kyrie Irving is unstoppable in one-on-one situations. His former teammates know that, Steph Curry knows that, his new Boston teammates — rookie Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown — got to know that a few days ago, and on Friday, another rookie, Ben Simmons, got to find out how hard it is to stop Irving when he has his mind on scoring and scoring only.
For a couple of minutes in the third quarter, the 6’10 Simmons was put on Irving. He did a pretty good job but still watched Irving drop jumper after jumper. As for Irving on Simmons, he almost got dunked on a couple of times but was wise enough to try to take a charge on one possession and not jump on another.
Irving finished with a game-high 21 points in 25 minutes on 7-of-14 shooting (5-7 from three) in the 110-102 W for the Celtics. Simmons had 8 points, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds in 23 minutes of action.
Irving’s best highlight of the night came after the game, when he gave his shoes to a young fan wearing a Cavs Kyrie jersey.