Kyrie Irving has been waiting two years to have a moment like he did Wednesday night at TD Garden, and something tells me he has a lot more of them coming.
It was a long time coming. Since August 22, 2017, the Boston Celtics, their fans, and perhaps the entire NBA were waiting for the playoff performances of Kyrie Irving and the TD Garden to collide in magnificent fashion.
On Wednesday night in Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers, that time finally arrived. Irving torched Indiana for 37 points (15-26 FG, 6-10 3P) to go along with six rebounds and seven assists en route to a 99-91 win giving Boston a 2-0 series lead.
The Pacers led by as many as 12 points in the second half, but the Celtics stormed back. Irving capped off the run by hitting a deep three in transition to put Boston ahead, and then the crowd went berserk. After the game, Irving spoke to the media about having his first big playoff game in Boston.
“It felt good to be here in this position, playing in this arena,” Irving said. “It’s just been a long journey having those two knee surgeries and watching the team last year. And finally getting a chance to lace ‘em up for the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs, there’s nothing like it.”
This was supposed to happen last year, but a season-ending knee surgery in March derailed Irving from leading the Celtics through the Eastern Conference playoffs. Even after a roller coaster ride of a regular season, this is the moment Irving’s been waiting for ever since he found out he got traded to the Celtics.
Now that he’s got a taste of it, I have a hard time believing he’ll give it up.