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The Cleveland Cavaliers have been the beasts of the East for the past three seasons, but Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes another team is on the rise and threatens to overtake them for conference supremacy.
“It sure looks Boston is the team of the future in the East,” Kerr told reporters Tuesday. “Their assets, their young talent, their coaching, and Kyrie [Irving] is amazing. That looks like a team that’s going to be at the top of the East for a long time to come. Whether their time is now or the future is to be determined, but they sure look like they want it to be right now.”
The Warriors and Cavs have faced off in the past three NBA Finals, with the Warriors winning last season’s championship in five games. But while Golden State entered Tuesday’s slate tied for first in the West at 11-3, Cleveland has been inconsistent at 7-7, good for ninth in the East.
Meanwhile, the Celtics, buoyed by the arrival of former Cavs guard Kyrie Irving, have shot out to an NBA-best 12-2 start and entered Tuesday with a 12-game winning streak.
Irving, who played his first six seasons in Cleveland before coming to Boston in an offseason trade that sent Isaiah Thomas to the Cavs, has been a catalyst, averaging 20.3 points, 5.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds entering Tuesday.
The Celtics also lead the NBA with a 95.4 defensive efficiency rating.
“I just think it’s his team,” Kerr said of Irving. “In Cleveland, he was such a dominant force, but it was always going to be LeBron’s team. It just looks like Kyrie knows it’s his group and he’s thriving with that group of players around him. It just seems like the next stage in his development. He knew what he was doing when he decided to leave. I admire Kyrie. Obviously, he’s been a thorn in our side for years, and now he just happens to wear green.”
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