Celtics’ defence is forced to bend, but not break, by Kyrie

As Kyrie Irving thrived in a hostile environment, Boston’s top-ranked defence appeared to be anything but.

It’s BOSTON, BOSTON, BOSTON, BOSTON, BOST The struggle was finally over and done with. It was, at the very least, supposed to be.

The Celtics were on the verge of putting Game 1 of their first-round series with Brooklyn away in the final seconds.

The teams were separated by 15 points. Kyrie Irving, the favourite villain of the New England Patriots, was on fire. Kevin Durant joined in the fun as well. Despite a strong second half, Boston’s late-season offence remained vulnerable.