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And it hasn’t been easy for him.
Boston coach Brad Stevens made it clear ahead of Game 5 that Irving—who underwent season-ending surgery in April—wants to be on the court with his teammates, per Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com: “It’s killing him not to be out on the floor, but I think that would be the case, obviously, any time you’re playing this deep into the playoffs, especially in a new place.”
Irving averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds in his first season with the Celtics. The 26-year-old p