I hate to say it, but we are starting to see a season far too similar to last season. Now, the Boston Celtics will still be just fine, but I am not sure they are going to be as dominant this season as we began to think. Kyrie Irving is morphing into the exact role that Isaiah Thomas was in last year. Again, that is not a terrible situation, but the problem is that it is no different.
- In the last 11 games, Kyrie Irving has scored 30 or more points in seven games. Crazy, I know... But what is even more ridiculous, is the last seven games the Celtics have played. The team is 3-4 and Kyrie has scored 30+ points in five of those seven games.
Sure that seems all well and good, but in reality it is not the best situation. Last year we saw Isaiah Thomas (who I still love) score near 30 points per game. Which was, again, all well and good. But it did not win them a championship, nor did it give them a sliver of a chance to make the NBA Finals.
Point being, when the Celtics were on that great streak, Irving had only notched 30+ points in three games. Sure it is a great individual accomplishment to do that game in and game out, but when has a single player taking all of the shots (making them or not) been beneficial for an entire team? It hasn't.
This is by no means any sort of knock on Kyrie. He is doing what he has to do. If anything, it is a knock on the guys around him. Al Horford needs to get back into early season form, Jaylen Brown can't dropped 12 points in a first quarter and then not score for another 30 minutes, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier as well as the rest of the Boston bench need to get back to doing what they were doing early on. There are plenty of need to's or must's going on right now. If they just fix a couple of them, we'll see this team start to win some ball games again. Even still, all that said, this article is not intended to be perceived in a negative manner.
I've said it plenty of times. When I appeared on the Wicked Smart Sports Guys podcast I said the Celtics are still two or three years away. Then on ourListen 2 Me podcast, I reiterated it.
So this is no fire that needs to be put out right now. However, it is definitely something worth noting. The Celtics are going to have a great year, but it'll be similar to last year (which was also a great year).
When Brown and Tatum develop, Kyrie continues to grow, and Hayward comes back the Celtics may be on their way to being the best team in the NBA. That'll take some time, though.
Kyrie Irving can't do this alone, but come two or three years, he won't need to.
Here is Kyrie's game log of the 2017-18 season: