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It helps me out, guys like Draymond (Green), Crowder, (DeMarre) Carroll, they definitely opened the door for a guy like me, Ojeleye said. Being able to guard the 4 and being able to come off a ball screen. If you can do it all, it just makes you that much more valuable.
And given his work ethic and mentality, it seems unwise to think he won’t carve out an NBA role.
He’s such a hard worker that I wouldn’t bet against him, Duncan said. He’s going to make it work, one way or another. That’s what he does, every single day. I’ve never been around a kid who punches the clock more like a professional every day. I have no doubts he’s going to be successful.
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Irving again, end of the second, end of the third, did some incredible things with the ball, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before doling out more praise for Irving. We had really good athletes, quick guys that make things tough on people guarding him, and he was able to raise up and make a lot of tough shots.
Irving capped off his night by switching hands for a layup between two Boston defenders in the closing minute.
For Lue, the performance wasn’t a surprise, either. For Stevens, it was a tip-of-the-cap moment. For the Cavs, it meant the Big Three were in business. Kevin Love added 17 points, and Irving’s play showed Cleveland could withstand a four-foul first half from its superstar. The latter is exactly what this team needs in a potential Finals three-match against the Warriors and for the foreseeable future.
Game 4 made one other thing clear: Irving should be up to whatever challenge comes next in his role as, in his words, an observer and a leader.
Adversity has a way of really bringing out the best people or it can bring the worst, he said. I’ve been on both sides … You just have a choice to make, and it has to be a fearless approach. I’m not going to waver or show any signs of giving up.