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Warriors' win "lucky"? Stephen Curry scoffs at Kyrie Irving's comments

Warriors' win "lucky"? Stephen Curry scoffs at Kyrie Irving's comments

BOSTON -- They say it's better to be lucky than good.

But Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving apparently disagreed on which category the Golden State Warriors fell under Saturday night.

After the Warriors edged the Boston Celtics 115-111 at TD Garden, Irving had this to say about Golden State's final stretch, in which the Dubs benefited from a few foul calls and lucky bounces.

"They had poise but they also got pretty lucky, too."

Irving's comments were then shared with Curry, who seemed peeved by the implication his team won on luck.

"He said we got lucky? Pretty lucky? I don't know what that means," Curry responded. "In terms of just forcing them into tough shots, I mean, they could have made them.

"Those turnovers really could have hurt us, but over the course of 48 (minutes) we gave ourselves a good opportunity to win the game."

☘️WARRIORS 115, CELTICS 111

Golden State did commit turnovers on back-to-back possessions with under a minute to play, and Draymond Green followed those errors by missing consecutive free throws with his team up two. But Green scrambled to corral the rebound and moved the ball to Curry, who got fouled and sunk two free throws to seal the win.

Considering Curry made six 3-pointers en route to 24 points, we'd say there was some skill involved in the outcome.

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Nicolas Batum on Celtics center Vincent Poirier: "It's a good pick-up for Boston for sure"

Nicolas Batum on Celtics center Vincent Poirier: "It's a good pick-up for Boston for sure"

Team USA didn't finish the FIBA World Cup as expected, but there were plenty of positives to take away from the tournament if you're a Celtics fan. 

Not only did Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart contribute to Team USA and certainly took some lessons from playing under Gregg Popovich, but Daniel Theis (Germany) and newly signed Vincent Poirier (France) got invaluable experience they can carry into the 2019-20 NBA season. 

Poirier signed with the Celtics during free agency on a two-year contract and should have plenty of opportunities to earn playing time in a Celtics' frontcourt that hopes to replace Al Horford and Aron Baynes. 

Poirier's French teammate Nicolas Batum, who played with Walker in Charlotte over the last four years, dealt out some praise of the rookie center after France beat Australia for the FIBA bronze medal. 

"This guy, I think, just started basketball 5 years ago, so he's had a special career," Batum told John Schumann. "His energy was great. We can't count on Rudy (Gobert) every game... He was huge. He wasn't scared by Bogut & Baynes... He was amazing tonight."

France knocked the U.S. out of the knockout round by besting them in the quarterfinals. Poirier didn't play in that game, but has played a big role for France behind All-Star big man Rudy Gobert. 

"It's clear that he's a center that can block shots and control the paint," Batum said. "He's a terrific roller, can really catch a lob, and obviously has a lot of energy. It's a good pick-up for Boston, for sure."

The Celtics responded to Horford's departure and trading Baynes to Phoneix by signing Poirier and Enes Kanter to join Theis and Robert Williams at the center spot. Boston will probably have to solve their hole at that position by committee, but if Poirier can play consistent defense, rebound and protect the paint as Batum describes, he could earn himself backup minutes behind Kanter. 

Either way, it should be an interesting training camp to say the least for this new-look Celtics team. 

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One lesson each Celtics player can take away from World Cup

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One lesson each Celtics player can take away from World Cup

Team Shamrock’s FIBA adventures ended with a whimper Saturday as — under the cloak of East Coast darkness — three of the four Celtics on Team USA logged DNPs (eight points for Jaylen Brown) while the Americans claimed seventh place with an 87-74 win over Poland. Combine that with the fact that Daniel Theis got limited reps with Germany’s early exit and Daniel Poirier hasn’t played big minutes while backing up Rudy Gobert for France and the World Cup experience wasn’t quite as robust as it could have been for the six Celtics players involved.

Still, there were positives to pluck and experiences gained by everyone involved, not the least of which is that a third of Boston’s roster will show up to camp on Oct. 1 in game-ready shape. Still, regardless of Team USA’s medal-less finish and the limited reps for Theis and Poirier, there’s at least one item or lesson that every player can bring with them into the new season.