Kyrie Irving has his sights set on dethroning the back-to-back defending champions, the Golden State Warriors, and he isn’t afraid to talk about it.
Irving is no stranger to facing off with the Golden State Warriors. He was the lead guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they went up against them in the finals— and even on one occasion, the only time that his team beat the current reigning champions with Kyrie Irving himself hitting the three-pointer to win the game with the Cavs. Now, Irving, on a different team, the Boston Celtics, has set his sights on beating the Warriors, again.
The All-Star guard is well aware of what he’s up against and even recently has gone on record to express how intense the battle has been between them in their past matchups when the Warriors and Cavs met, calling it a definite rivalry. But with the start of the NBA 2018-2019 season underway, it’s been reported by IB Times that Irving sees the Warriors as a “special unit” but believes firmly that they can be beaten by “special individuals” which he also believes that he has in Gordon Hayward, upcoming star forward Jayson Tatum, and others.
What Kyrie Irving knows is how to beat the Warriors, he’s done it before, and despite the Warriors adding DeMarcus Cousins, Irving with the Boston Celtics match up fairly well with Golden State. The start of the NBA Season has seen both teams begin with a win, Irving not having his best game, only seven points but Tatum, 23 points and nine rebounds, and others led the way, ultimately beating the Sixers by 18 points – Irving and Hayward only combined for 17. The play outside of Irving and Hayward speaks to the all-star guard’s point – the Celtics may just have “special individuals” to possibly take on the Warrior’s “special unit.”