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Kyrie heats up on time to carry Celtics to comeback win over Pacers in Game 2

Kyrie heats up on time to carry Celtics to comeback win over Pacers in Game 2

BOSTON -- Kyrie Irving is a bad man; bad meaning good, damn good. 

The Celtics looked like a team treading water most of Game 2 against Indiana, only for Irving to do what the game’s great ones do - elevate his play when his team desperately needed him to as Boston rallied for a 99-91 win Wednesday night that put the C's up 2-0 in their first-round series. 

Those around Irving did their jobs better, harder with more effort defensively and left him the job of carrying the offense. 

Did. He. Ever. 

Irving’s fourth-quarter heroics were just what the Celtics needed.

The six-time All-Star finished with 37 points, nine of which came in the fourth quarter as Boston rallied from a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit to take control of the series that now shifts to Indianapolis for Games 3 Friday and 4 on Sunday. 

Here are some of the standouts from the nail-biting Game 2 win:

MVP - Kyrie Irving
He delivered a slew of big plays when the game mattered most, the kind of performance that reminds us all why Irving is widely considered one of the best players in the NBA - not just a great ball-handler, but a great player.  He led all scorers with 37 points on 15-for-26 shooting along with six rebounds and seven assists. 

Most Improved - Jayson Tatum
He was having a solid night by and large, but he came up big when it absolutely mattered. After missing a wide open 3-pointer that would have put the Celtics ahead late in the game, he drained one for the go-ahead basket and sealed the victory with a dunk while being fouled with 8.8 seconds to play. He would finish the night with 26 points on 11-for-20 shooting. 

Sixth Man -Tyreke Evans
One of the main reasons why the Pacers played with a lead most of the game was Tyreke Evans off the bench. He would tally 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting with seven rebounds. 

Turning Point
With the Celtics trailing 91-89, Bojan Bogdanovic drove into the lane and had his shot blocked by Al Horford. Boston quickly got the ball up court and into the hands of Jayson Tatum, whose 3-pointer gave the Celtics a 92-91 lead they would never relinquish. 

Dud - Marcus Morris
From Game 1 Hero to.. this. After dropping 20 points in Game 1, Morris missed all eight of his shots in Game and finished without scoring a single point. 

Up Next
The series shifts to Indiana for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday.
 

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NBA Rumors: Lakers 'rooting' for Kyrie Irving to sign with Nets

NBA Rumors: Lakers 'rooting' for Kyrie Irving to sign with Nets

Kyrie-to-Brooklyn rumors have dominated the prelude to NBA free agency, and the Los Angeles Lakers likely are hoping those rumors turn out to be true.

That's because Irving to the Nets would open the door for guard D'Angelo Russell to return to L.A. If and when Irving signs with the Nets, they'd likely renounce Russell to make Irving their new star point guard and thus, Russell would become an unrestricted free agent.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski explained the scenario Tuesday night on ESPN.

“The Lakers now at this point are rooting for Kyrie Irving to go to Brooklyn,” Wojnarowski said. “Because then Brooklyn renounces D’Angelo Russell, who is a restricted free agent. He becomes unrestricted and then the Lakers could sign Russell as their third star in LA. And they get back a much more mature, polished player, who's been an All-Star, whose put a team into the postseason.”

Watch the clip below:

The latest Kyrie-Nets report states Brooklyn remains the 27-year-old's "preferred choice" in free agency, so the Lakers very well may just get their wish.

As for where the Celtics go from here without Irving, they're reportedly trying to lure free agent Kemba Walker as their next star.

NBA free agency gets underway on June 30.

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Breakfast Pod: Would Kemba Walker be a good fit for the Celtics?

Breakfast Pod: Would Kemba Walker be a good fit for the Celtics?

Kemba in, Kyrie out? Plus, a look at the offseason ahead for the Stanley Cup finalist Bruins.

1:00 - The Celtics are reportedly "at the front of the line" for Kemba Walker. Chris Forsberg discusses whether he would be a good fit in Boston. 

7:00 - Is Kyrie Irving’s drama tarnishing his reputation around the league? Cedric Maxwell and Forsberg join Early Edition to discuss. 

15:00 - The Bruins have some decisions to make this offseason, which players should the Bruins sign with limited cap space? Our BST crew debates. 

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