Morning sports update: Kyrie Irving is expecting a rowdy crowd for the Celtics’ season opener


The Patriots hold off the Jets, the Bruins fall to the Golden Knights, and the Celtics are one day closer to their season opener.

‘It’s just hoops, man’: When asked if he would have to brace himself for the crowd at the Celtics’ upcoming season opener, Kyrie Irving offered a firm “no.”

On Tuesday, the point guard will be returning to his former home court in Cleveland for the first time since getting traded but doesn’t seem concerned about the inevitable boisterous environment.

“It’s just hoops, man,” he told reporters on Sunday. “Just hoops.”


“I’ve been in Game 7 in San Francisco, and playing in a high-intense environment,” Irving said. “There is no blocking out the noise or anything like that. It’s going to be there whether I like it or not. It’s going to be rowdy in there.”

The 25-year-old said that he’s expecting the same type of crowd energy he experienced as a Cavalier during his six-year tenure with the team.

“It’s going to be a great first season game, opener, like it has been for the last six years when I was there. It was the same getting used to the unbelievable Cavs fans getting to cheer on the Cavaliers, and now I’m coming in as an opponent, trying to get a W.”


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