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Irving sees Knicks cheers, talk of his impending free agency as 'nothing but a distraction'

Irving sees Knicks cheers, talk of his impending free agency as 'nothing but a distraction'

The “We want Ky-rie” chants were alive and well at Madison Square Garden for Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving, a steady reminder of who the New York Knicks’ brass has identified as one of their prime targets this summer via free agency. 

And the chants did not go unnoticed by Irving, who doesn’t hold back in making it known how all the hoopla surrounding his impending free agency is not something he’s particularly fond of.

“It’s nothing but a distraction at this point,” Irving told reporters following Boston’s 113-99 win over the Knicks. “I’m appreciative of the fan support I get in any arena. Of course, coming back home (he grew up in West Orange, New Jersey) and what’s going on with that noise and commentary, it’s a bunch of nonsense right now. 

Irving added, “Can’t do anything about it. So, I’m accepting, I’m appreciative but I have a game to focus on.”

☘️KYRIE SPEAKS OUT

Despite the steady dose of cheering -- which is unusual on the road, but as Irving alluded to, these are unusual times for the Knicks -- Irving still managed to deliver a strong night with 23 points and 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double this season, in addition to dishing out six assists. 

And as far as the fans cheering him on, Irving said it wasn’t all that surprising to him. 

“Being back home, what has been said - I will repeat myself again - what has been said, what has been circling around in terms of extra commentary, I kind of figured it would be something like that tonight,” he said. “I’m happy we got the win and I’m ready to go back to Boston.”

When New Orleans star Anthony Davis’ representatives publicly demanded a trade earlier this week, Irving - who is good friends with Davis - was among the players associated with potentially joining forces with Irving. 

However, multiple reports indicate that Davis is not keen on playing in Boston. 

Heck, even Davis’ father, Anthony Davis Sr., has chimed in to offer his thoughts on his son potentially playing for the Celtics. 

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And when the Knicks pulled off a blockbuster trade with Dallas that freed up enough salary cap space for New York to sign a pair of max players this summer, once again Irving’s name was among the more talked about options the Knicks would pursue. 

And Irving did not do anything to quell such talk when he addressed the media on Friday morning. 

The trade speculation that has indirectly linked Irving with other potential players on the move, clearly irks the six-time All-Star. 

“It’s outside noise again and my name is thrown into it and then, conversations, speculations, everybody is worried about their credibility,” Irving said. “I have a focus on winning a championship and that’s where my focus is going to stay.”

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Celtics' Gordon Hayward shares update after undergoing surgery on fractured hand

Celtics' Gordon Hayward shares update after undergoing surgery on fractured hand

Gordon Hayward underwent successful surgery to repair his fractured left hand on Monday. Now, the Celtics will have to wait approximately six weeks for him to return.

Hayward is in good hands until then, as he'll be cared for by his three loving daughters. The C's forward provided his first post-surgery update Tuesday on Instagram -- a photo with his daughters and a caption that reads, “Thank you to everyone for all the support and well wishes. I’m home and being well cared for by my three little nurses!”

Check it out below:

In their first game this season without Hayward, the Celtics (8-1) edged out the Mavericks, 116-106. They'll look to keep it rolling and remain at the top of the Eastern Conference standings when Hayward returns around Christmastime.

Before his injury, Hayward looked to be back to his All-Star self averaging 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists.

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The Best of Tommy Heinsohn from Celtics win over Mavericks

The Best of Tommy Heinsohn from Celtics win over Mavericks

The Boston Celtics provided plenty of highlights during their win over the Dallas Mavericks, but the one and only Tommy Heinsohn still found a way to top them all.

NBC Sports Boston's "Tommy Cam" caught a bunch of great moments from the legendary broadcaster and Celtics Hall of Famer on Tuesday night. From some questionable (at least to Heinsohn) calls by the refs to Kemba Walker's clutch fourth-quarter performance, Tommy was fired up to say the least.

You can watch all of Tommy's best moments in the video above.

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