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Brian Scalabrine breaks down the difference between Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker

Brian Scalabrine breaks down the difference between Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker

NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-76ers starts at 6:30pm Wednesday with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 7:30pm.

The Boston Celtics are one of the most different-looking teams in a changed NBA landscape. And one of the biggest changes they underwent came at point guard.

The Celtics lost Kyrie Irving to free agency two seasons after acquiring him in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving left the team amid rumors of discord in the locker room and joined the Brooklyn Nets.

To replace Irving, the Celtics signed Kemba Walker. Walker was considered to be the best player available after Irving on the free-agent point guard market. He made the All-Star team with the Charlotte Hornets multiple times and averaged 25.6 points per game in his final season with the team.

The transition away from Irving won't be seamless, but it will be an interesting one. As NBC Sports Boston's Brian Scalabrine outlined in the network's NBA preview show, Irving and Walker play differently and while Irving may be the better player, Walker may fit the Celtics better.

Kyrie's probably a better player. He's bigger. He can get to the basket. But in Boston, they're thinking now with Kyrie gone, the rest of the guys are able to shine. So Kemba Walker, in which he doesn't say anything bad about anybody, now, he comes in and allows Jaylen Brown to do his thing. He allows Jayson Tatum to do his thing. Kemba Walker -- high volume pick and roll player in Charlotte -- Brad is using him mostly off the ball. You see plays like that coming through dribble handoffs.

It's going to be really interesting the way that coach uses Kemba Walker. It's going to be very different than the way they used Kyrie Irving.

Scalabrine and Philadelphia 76ers insider Marc Jackson would also go on to discuss the Celtics' loss of Al Horford and how his departure hurts the C's but helps the 76ers. Watch the segment in full via the video above or click here to see the whole thing.

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The Enes Kanter Show: What makes Celtics fans, city of Boston unique?

The Enes Kanter Show: What makes Celtics fans, city of Boston unique?

Enes Kanter has played just six games for the Celtics, so the jury is still out on how he fits on the basketball court.

But the city of Boston already seems like a very good fit for the outspoken big man.

On the second episode of NBC Sports Boston's "The Enes Kanter Show," Kanter admitted to co-host Chris Forsberg he's already noticed a difference between Boston fans and the fans of other teams he's played for.

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"The one thing I love about Boston is, it's a very educational, very influential town," Kanter said.

"Whichever city I play for, people used to run at me and say, 'Good game last night, good double-double, good this, good that.' But now people are coming up to me and saying, 'Hey, I read your op-ed last night, it was amazing.'

"They're like, 'What you're doing is so brave, keep doing what you're doing.' And I'm like, 'Wow, they don't talk about just basketball. They talk about what's going on off the court too.' That really touched my heart, for sure."

Kanter has been an active critic of the Turkish government under president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and has written op-eds in both The Boston Globe and the Washington Post since coming to Boston this offseason.

The 27-year-old also has met with several local politicians, including Massachusetts senator Ed Markey, to help him exercise his right to free speech in the face of pressure from Erdoğan.

Kanter's activism hasn't gone unnoticed in Boston, where fans are as liable to compliment him for his off-court work as they are for him helping the Celtics win.

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The Enes Kanter Show: Friendship with Gordon Hayward, Celtics' leadership dynamic

The Enes Kanter Show: Friendship with Gordon Hayward, Celtics' leadership dynamic

In the second episode of "The Enes Kanter Show," Chris Forsberg and Enes Kanter discuss the Celtics' west coast trip and his friendship with Gordon Hayward and get a guest appearance from Tacko Fall, who calls into the show from Maine.

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2:23 - Enes talks about navigating his busy life and using his platform for good

5:25 - What's Kanter's favorite city to play in on the road?

7:15 - First impressions of Boston

10:54 - Why playing for a winning team was so important to him and Kemba Walker

12:27 - His friendship with Gordon Hayward

13:45 - Enes explains why he hated facing Marcus Smart and the type of player that he is

14:53 - The leadership dynamic of the team this season

15:30 - Does Enes want to prove everyone wrong about his defense?

20:30 - Enes calls friend and teammate Tacko Fall to discuss Maine, the cold weather, getting a haircut from Enes and how he's handling the spotlight

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