Your Morning Dump... Where the Celtics are better without Kyrie (when they play sub.500 teams and, of course, Philly)

Your Morning Dump... Where the Celtics are better without Kyrie (when they play sub.500 teams and, of course, Philly)

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Your Morning Dump... Where the Celtics are better without Kyrie (when they play sub.500 teams and, of course, Philly)

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Are the Boston Celtics better without Kyrie Irving? The question is both fair, and yet absurd.

The Celtics improved to 10-2 without Irving this season after Wednesday’s 118-110 triumph over the Detroit Pistons at TD Garden. It’d be easy for a casual fan to look at Boston’s record sans Kyrie this year, combined with the postseason run it made without him last season, and deduce that maybe there’s something to the notion that Boston plays better without Irving.

A deeper dive reveals a team that struggles mightily, offensively, without its All-Star point guard and, while players have routinely stepped up in his absence, much of the success this season has come against underwhelming competition.

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“We need Kyrie to be the best version of ourselves,” said Stevens, hammering home the notion that Boston needs Irving’s talents if this team is to be competitive in a beefed-up Eastern Conference.

The two Kyrie-less losses came against two current playoff teams with a combined winning percentage of .534. The 10 wins came against nine teams — three of which are currently playoff bound — with a combined winning percentage of .457. Put another way, more than half of the wins have come against lottery teams.

NBCSports Boston — Celtics are not championship contenders without Kyrie

Look, I’m short on time this morning (early morning since I’m on the west coast) so I had to pick some low-hanging fruit to lead of this Dump. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen an ESPN headline in the last year that reads something like First Take: Stephen A wonders if Cs need Kyrie? or Time Legler joins Sportscenter — are Celtics better without Irving? I would have been sitting court-side at Clippers/Suns last night instead of in the cheap-seats (note: It was Suns/Clippers so I probably wouldn’t have needed too many dollars).

There is a narrative around everything Kyrie does/doesn’t do, or says/doesn’t say both locally and nationally. Flat out, Kyrie Irving is needed on this team. It is fantastic that they can go 10-2 without him. It’s even better that they can build a 26 point lead on Detroit without three key rotation guys, it speaks to the depth on this team.

But if Kyrie misses more time this season, let’s all ready ourselves for another round of local and national talk about the Celtics without Kyrie.

Kellerman: Celtics should consider sending Irving to Red Claws

I can see it now.

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