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Kyrie Irving credits vegan diet for hot start at Boston Celtics

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Kyrie Irving's demand for a trade away from the Cleveland Cavaliers over the summer has certainly paid off so far, as he's having a great start to the 2017-18 season with his new team, the Boston Celtics.

From the 14 games he has played for the Celtics so far, Irving has averaged 20.6 points, 3.1 rebounds,  5.2 assists, and 1.9 steals a game, and has helped his team accomplish a 13-2 record and first place in the Eastern Conference.

Boston has won their last 13 games on the bounce after starting the season 0-2, and the point guard believes he knows where the credit should be given for this fantastic start to the season, but some might find this a bit weird.

Speaking with Bleacher Report following the Celtics' win against the Atlanta Hawks last week, the 25-year-old believes his vegan diet should be given credit for his hot start at his new team following his summer move.

Irving told Bleacher Report: "I think we can credit that in the win column. We lost the first two games, won the last nine games. I haven't changed any diet. I don't plan on changing anything in my diet. It's working out great so far."

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Irving isn't the only member of the Celtics locker that wants to live the meat-free lifestyle, as Jaylen Brown wants to make the change to vegan by the time he is 25. At Berkeley, Brown went full-on vegetarian, but he's found it harder to stick to it outside of California.

The 21-year-old said: "That's my goal. I just want to do it. I just think it's a healthier lifestyle. Maybe it can give me a competitive edge on the basketball floor. I think that's the next step."

They're not the only players in the NBA that have adopted the vegan lifestyle, as there are several players in the league that go without meat including Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler and Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard.

If Irving keeps performing the way he is doing, and the Celtics go on to win the Eastern Conference and the NBA Championship this season, it could inspire more players to go vegan.

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