Morning sports update: Kyrie Irving noticed there’s a ‘vast difference’ between Boston and Cleveland

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving, guards Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker in the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Kyrie Irving guards Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker in the first half of a preseason game, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. –AP Photo/Chuck Burton

The Celtics played their last preseason game before their season opener on Tuesday, while Tom Brady reassured everyone that he’ll be playing on Sunday in spite of his injured shoulder.

Celtics’ Kyrie Irving happy to be in Boston: “It’s exciting to be back on the East Coast,” Irving said. “It’s fast-paced. A lot of different cultures, food, and people. You get it all, especially in Boston. I was talking to my best friend the other day: It’s a really major city. Coming from Cleveland, the Midwest, where the culture is different. And then you move to the East Coast — into Boston — and it’s so real [and] alive. An ongoing, thriving city. Consistently. No matter what hour throughout the night.


“You would go to Cleveland, and it would be at nighttime, and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference in terms of what the Midwest is — Cleveland — and what Boston is. Boston, I’m driving in and [thinking], ‘I’m really playing in a real, live sports city?’ And a great city.” (The Boston Globe)

The Celtics finish their preseason undefeated: Boston won all four of its preseason contests, defeating both the Hornets and the 76ers twice. On Wednesday, the Celtics defeated the Hornets, 108-100, and shot 50.6 percent from the floor and 50 percent from three-point range. Kyrie Iriving scored 16 points and logged 10 assists, while Al Horford scored 15 and grabbed eight rebounds.

After the game, Marcus Smart lauded Irving as one of the best finishers and playmakers in this league.” He also praised the team’s chemistry thus far into the season, saying “the way we’ve been playing, it feels like we’ve been playing together for a long time.”

Here are some highlights from the game:

LeBron’s status for opener vs. Celtics in doubt: James didn’t practice Wednesday, a day after he made his exhibition debut after being slowed by a sprained left ankle sustained Sept. 27. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said the four-time MVP is sore and has been ruled out of Cleveland’s final preseason game Friday night in Orlando. (, via AP)


Andrighetto scores twice, Avalanche beat Bruins 6-3: Trailing 4-1 midway through the third, the Bruins made things interesting with goals from Tim Schaller and Torey Krug in a 1:27 span. Andrighetto and Tyson Jost responded with empty-net goals. (, via AP)

Here’s what Tom Brady had to say about his shoulder: “It’s a physical sport, so I think everyone is dealing with something,’’ Brady said. ‘‘Everyone’s running around and they’re big and they’re fast and they hit hard. You have bumps and bruises, but you just deal with them the best you can and try to get ready for the next week.’’ (, via AP)

Yanks complete comeback, beat Indians 5-2 in Game 5 of ALDS: “Nobody wanted the season to be over,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “It doesn’t wind down, it comes to a crashing halt. It’s disappointing. We felt good about ourselves. We made it harder to win, especially in the last two games.” (, via AP)