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Jayson Tatum, Celtics show Kyrie Irving love following loss in Brooklyn

Jayson Tatum, Celtics show Kyrie Irving love following loss in Brooklyn

The Boston Celtics fell to the Brooklyn Nets Friday afternoon 112-107, but that didn't stop them from showing a former teammate some love.

Although Kyrie Irving didn't play in either game for Brooklyn against Boston, the former Celtics point guard shared a special moment with some of his former teammates. 

Check it out:

Following "Kyrie sucks" chants from C's fans Wednesday in Boston, the players showed there's really no hard feelings between them and Irving. 

The Celtics moved to 13-5 on the season with their loss to the Nets and will face the New York Knicks Sunday before moving on to face the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets next week. 

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Knicks, which tips off Sunday at 3 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call at 3:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

 

Nets fans clap back with 'Kyrie's better' chant with Kemba Walker at line

Nets fans clap back with 'Kyrie's better' chant with Kemba Walker at line

Brooklyn Nets fans took offense to the "Kyrie sucks" chants at TD Garden Wednesday during the Boston Celtics 121-110 victory and clapped back with a chant of their own Friday.

While Kemba Walker was at the free-throw line during the first quarter of action in New York, Nets' fans unsurprisingly broke out a "Kyrie's better" chant. 

While Irving may be statistically better than Walker, the Celtics underachieved last season before Irving left in free agency.

With Walker, the C's are 13-5 as of Friday afternoon and are clicking on all levels. So far this season, Boston is averaging 112.4 points per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from beyond the arc. Through the 2017-18 campaign, the C's averaged 104 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from three-point range. 

Through 17 games, Walker is averaging 22.3 points, 4.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds. Last season with the Celtics, Irving averaged 23.8 points, 6.9 assists and 5 rebounds per game. 

Like we said above, Irving may be better on the stat sheet but Walker is a great team player and much better fit in Boston.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Knicks, which tips off Sunday at 3 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call at 3:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Travis Ford on the 'tough' Marcus Smart: 'He’s as real as it gets'

Travis Ford on the 'tough' Marcus Smart: 'He’s as real as it gets'

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was a star at Oklahoma State University before getting the call to NBA action, and his former coach is grateful for all the C's star has done for his team over the past week.

Travis Ford's Saint Louis Billikens were in town to play the Boston College Eagles this week, and Smart attended both practice and the game while also hosting his former coach's team at TD Garden as the Celtics defeated the Sacramento Kings by a slim 103-102 margin. The Billikens not only got a tour of TD Garden, but also some very special advice from Smart himself.

Ford was especially grateful for the gesture.

“It’s really hard to describe how much it means to me, for a guy who comes to practice and talks to our team – spends time, not just an hour, but hung out afterwards. I said you need to go, and he said ‘I’m good,’ and talking to guys individually. Really talked to Jordan [Goodwin]. He mentioned he might come today and I’m like nah, he won’t show up. Comes early and meets with me before the game, goes to pregame talk.

“It means a lot. We’ve been through a lot together, and you guys understand what type of a person he is," Ford said. "It’s not fake. He’s as real as it gets, and they don’t get any tougher.”

Before visiting with Smart, Ford put together a video of all the 25-year-olds best highlights over the years to show his team that playing with toughness can go a long way. Smart, of course, took notice of the video. 

“It says I’m doing something right,” Smart said. “For me to be the teaching tool, I’m doing something right. The hard work and everything I do is paying off. I’m not complacent – have to keep going – but it’s definitely good to hear.”

Smart has been successful throughout his NBA career and is one of the best defensive players in the league. He also contributes to the offensive side of the game averaging 12.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. 

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Knicks, which tips off Sunday at 3 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call at 3:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.