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Kyrie Irving is expecting a "rowdy" crowd in return to Cleveland

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Kyrie Irving will make his Boston Celtics regular season debut on the court that he knows best.

The four-time All-Star will be making his eagerly anticipated return to Quicken Loans Arena to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening game of the new campaign on Tuesday.

The NBA released its schedule prior to Irving's trade, but his presence in the opposition corner has added a different level of intrigue to the contest.

The 25-year-old shocked the Cavs by requesting a move in the summer and they agreed to offload him after Boston tabled a deal including Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and multiple draft picks.

Kyrie's return to the team he spent his first six NBA seasons with is the perfect curtain raiser with several interesting subplots involved.

The biggest one is certainly surrounding the breakdown of his relationship with LeBron James as he reportedly instructed the Cavaliers front office that he no longer wanted to play with the King.

Both players have admitted they haven't spoken to one another since the trade request and it will be the first time they come face to face since Irving's departure.

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The reception that the point guard receives will also be interesting as he was a real fans' favourite in Cleveland and hit the biggest shot in franchise history to clinch their first championship in game seven against the Golden State Warriors in 2016.

One thing 'Uncle Drew' knows for sure is that the arena will be loud and boisterous. 

"I've been in Game 7 in San Francisco and playing in a high-intense environment," he said. "There is no blocking out the noise or anything like that. It's going to be there whether I like it or not.

"It's going to be rowdy in there. It's going to be a great first season game opener, like it has been for the last six years when I was there. It was the same, getting used to the unbelievable Cavs fans ready to cheer on the Cavaliers. Now I'm coming in as an opponent trying to get a W."

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The All-NBA star has made some interesting comments since leaving Ohio in an attempt to clear up his reasons for leaving which should add more fire to the occasion.

But the silky ball-handler isn't focusing on the drama behind the game as he believes it's being created by those on the outside.

"The excitement and the energy is there," Irving said. "But I think everything extra has been created by outside influence. So that's neither here nor there. I don't know what that reality is."

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Eastern Conference
NBA
Boston Celtics
Atlantic Division
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Kyrie Irving
LeBron James

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