Keys to the Game: Celtics 108, Hornets 100

Key Player

So, Kyrie Irving is pretty good. We’ll go into more depth on that later tonight. For now? Let’s just concentrate on the numbers he put up Wednesday night.

Irving, during his fourth and final exhibition game of the preseason, was electric from start to finish in Charlotte. He logged a double-double consisting of 16 points and 10 assists while playing only 27 minutes. Oh, and he also did not commit a single turnover while also pitching in five rebounds and a steal.

The point guard is a top-notch finisher in the paint, but on this night he hit from everywhere on the floor. He canned three midrange jumpers, two 3-pointers, and two finishes in the paint. Irving shot 7-for-11 from the field on the night.

What did that line help to do for Boston? Well, the Celtics outscored the Hornets by 22 points while Irving was on the floor.

In other words, Irving was a game-changer – just as expected.

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