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Kyrie Irving says Brad Stevens is the type of coach he's been "craving" for his career

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Kyrie Irving is enjoying his start to life as a member of the Boston Celtics both on and off the floor since arriving via a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer. 

The four-time All-Star has led the Celtics to the best record in the Eastern Conference as they sit top of the standings with a 6-2 record. 

He's clearly enjoying his role as the go-to guy on the team and is currently leading them in multiple categories. 

Irving is averaging a team-high 21.8 points, 5.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game as he's coming up big on both ends of the floor. 

The C's extended their winning streak to six games with a resounding 113-86 win over the Sacramento Kings at TD Garden last night where Kyrie posted 22 points. 

The 25-year-old has been full of praise for the entire organisation since the moment he walked through the doors and recently added some glowing words about head coach Brad Stevens and how he's already had a positive impact on him. 

“Brad fits perfectly in terms of that because he has an intellectual mind and is an intellectual human being,” said Irving. “It was something I was unbelievably craving in terms of what I wanted for my career.”

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This can easily be construed as a criticism of Tyronn Lue and his other former coaches in Cleveland over the years but more so, it speaks to the reputation Stevens has built up for himself and how he's developed into one of the best coaches in the league. 

He has turned the fortunes of the team around after they went into a rebuilding phase to now becoming legitimate championship contenders.

After Boston's recent win over the San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich also had some nice words to say about his young counterpart, describing him as a "special person".

"He's going to be a great one before it's all over with. And he's already a hell of a coach," Popovich said. 

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With the Celtics on a six-game winning streak and the Cavs on a four-game skid, Irving will certainly be feeling even happier in Beantown and how things are working out for him so far. 

Even with the injury to Gordon Hayward, Boston is looking like the favourites to claim the number one spot in the east and will make a strong challenge in the playoffs. 

Many have already written off their chances of competing with the Cavaliers but they have shown they still have the talent to challenge and with 'Uncle Drew' in their ranks, they'll always be in with a chance.

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