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Nets vs Celtics: How did Kyrie Irving help Jayson Tatum become Boston's top threat?

There are at least two things that are certain about current Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving, the first is that when he is at his peak, there are very few, if no one in the NBA who can stop him, and the second, is that his career, at all times, has not been without controversy.

Irving did not miss a single shot from the field in the first three quarters of the game that opened the Play-In Tournament for the Nets to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, his first NBA team, and clinch their playoff berth in the Eastern Conference where they will face the second-place Boston Celtics in the first-round series.

The best first-round playoff series in the NBA?

A priori, the series between Celtics and Nets may turn out to be the most interesting in the first round of NBA playoffs and one of those reasons is precisely Kyrie Irving, who before arriving in Brooklyn for the 2019-2020 season, spent two years with Boston, not exactly the best in his career.

"Uncle Drew" came to Boston for the 2017-2018 season, after asking to be traded from Cleveland, where he played six years and won a championship alongside LeBron James, in 2017, the Celtics selected what is now their best player, Jayson Tatum third overall in the Draft.

What Tatum learned from Irving?

The younger Tatum saw in Irving a leader, however, in his own words Wednesday, he learned both the good and the bad.

"Obviously, we've talked and there's some things that he probably would've done differently, but I think that's just a part of life," he said. "Nobody's perfect, and you just gotta move on from it as you get older. "(I) Learned what to do and some things not to do."

The first game of this series is already scheduled for next Saturday, April 16 at 3:30 pm ET at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

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