Nets guard Kyrie Irving exploded in the Nets’ 115-108 playoff-clinching win over the Cavs to clinch their spot in the playoffs as the seventh-weed by scoring 34 points and 12 assists, shooting a perfect 12-12 in the first three-quarters of the game before missing his first shot in the fourth. Irving shot 12-15 from the floor to end the game.After the game, Irving was asked about fasting for Ramadan and playing at the highest level possible. During the entire month of April, Irving and millions of Muslims worldwide do not eat and drink from dawn to sunset.
“Well, it’s a journey with God. I’m not alone in this. I have brothers and sisters all around the world that are fasting with me,” Irving said. “We hold our prayers and meditation very sacred, and when you come out here, God is inside me, and he’s inside of all of us. I’m walking with faith, and that’s all that matters; when I get to showcase my talents granted to me strictly from God in this arena, I’m humbled.”
In a rematch of last year’s first-round playoff matchup, the Nets will go up against the second-seed Boston Celtics to start the post-season on April 17. Brooklyn bested the Celtics in five games last year when they met in the playoffs.The Celtics won the regular-season series against the Nets 3-1. However, neither Kevin Durant nor Irving played two out of the four matchups. With both superstars in the lineup, this Eastern Conference matchup will be one to watch this year.