Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr knows what it takes to win at the National Basketball Association level.
"I was telling some of my teammates, some of the fans, too, they were asking me whether I was going to wear the black mask", Irving said.
The coolest thing about the special edition shoes is Irving took them off his feet after the game and gave them to a military member of the United States Armed Forces that was sitting courtside.
Kyrie Irving really dislikes having to play in a mask.
Irving experienced some frustrating moments with the item forced upon him after fracturing his face in a collision with teammate Aron Bayes 1:50 into Friday's win over Charlotte.
Irving chipped in with 25 points, while Marcus Morris scored a season-best of 21. He fiddled with the mask frequently, but it didn't seem to affect his play much. Get the app and get the game. He then put the finishing touches on the win with a 22-foot pull-up jumper and a drive to the rim, giving the Celtics a 99-92 lead shortly after consecutive 3-pointer by Brooklyn's Allen Crabbe made it a four-point game.
"Today, just finding his way and doing what he does, making big plays for us, coming through and sealing the game", said Celtics center Al Horford, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Following a stretch of trading shots, Irving came out of a rebound pack with the ball following a Rondae Hollis-Jefferson miss, and Jaylen Brown extended the break with a lob to a dunking Jayson Tatum for a 104-96 lead.
Aware of the inevitable "media frenzy" that will come with the Celtics' winning streak as well as Thursday's showdown with the defending champion Warriors, Irving said he was "looking forward to all that hoopla".
The pairing of Kyrie Irving and a protective mask is not a loving combination, to be sure.
These Nets are a volume-shooting, pace-accelerated team under coach Kenny Atkinson.
At Houston, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points to lead six Raptors in double figures as the Canadian club downed the host Rockets 129-113, snapping Houston's six-game win streak. LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 32 points in his hometown and the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks 97-91 in Dallas.