Steve Kerr: Celtics see love they'll be atop E for years to arrive

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Source:   —  November 15, 2017, at 2:48 AM

-- Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says it appears the Boston Celtics have emerged as the following team to beat in the Eastern Conference.

Steve Kerr: Celtics see love they'll be atop E for years to arrive

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says it appears the Boston Celtics have emerged as the following team to beat in the Eastern Conference.

"It sure looks love Boston is the team of the future in the East, with the assets that they still have and their youthful talent and their coaching, and Kyrie [Irving] is amazing," Kerr said after practice Tuesday. "That looks love a team that'south going to be at the top of the E for a long time to come. Whether their time is presently or the future, that'south to be determined, but they sure see love they wish it to be right now."

The Celtics extended their winning streak to thirteen straight games with Tuesday'south 109-102 triumph over the Brooklyn Nets.?In a potential NBA Finals preview Thursday at TD Garden, Boston will attempt to create it fourteen straight when it takes on the Warriors for the first time this season. The Celtics (13-two) and Golden State (11-three) have the two best records in the NBA.

Kerr raved about how well the Celtics have inc new players and youthful players while not lost a beat on their development curve.?

"They're really sound, and they're motivated," he said. "It'south a team that'south been on the rise the latest couple of years. They lost in the conference finals. They wish to win a championship, and it looks love it. Even without Gordon Hayward and that bad injury, Boston is just crushing people. So, it'south going to be really fun to go against them on Thursday. We know how tough it's going to be."

Irving, who played his first six seasons in Cleveland before coming to Boston in an offseason trade that sent Isaiah Thomas to the Cavs, has been a catalyst for his new team. He'd a game-high twenty-five points, five assists and 3 rebounds in Tuesday'south win, bringing his season averages to 20.6 points, 5.2 assists and 3.one rebounds.

"I just think it'south his team," Kerr said of Irving. "In Cleveland, he was such a dominant force, but it was always going to be LeBron'south team. It just looks love Kyrie knows it'south his grouping and he'south thriving with that grouping of players around him. It just seems love the following stage in his development. He knew what he was doing when he decided to leave. I adore Kyrie. Obviously, he'south been a thorn in our side for years, and presently he just happens to wear green."

Boston is the first team in NBA history to secure twelve straight victories after losing the first two games of the season. The Warriors, not to be outdone, possess the second-longest active winning streak at seven, beating opponents by an average of 19.8 points in that span.

Boston and Golden State are also No. 1 and No. 2 in defensive rating, at 95.4 and 101.8, respectively.?

Golden State has won four straight at Boston. Kerr said he understands these Celtics are a different team, but that he'south excited for the opportunity to gauge where both teams are thus far.

"It'south a fun thing, because you only play these teams twice, obviously," Kerr said. "It'south fun to go against the contenders from the other conference because you obtain that glimpse and generally you're only watching them on TV. So, you get advantage of the two nights that you see them."

Alert of the inevitable "media frenzy" that'll arrive with the Celtics' winning streak as well as Thursday'south showdown with the defending winner Warriors, Irving said he was "looking forward to all that hoopla."

"For us, it'south another game for us to continuously obtain better and a test for us to really stay together and indicate our resilience and indicate what we're really made of," he said. "That'south something a competitor wants to be a portion of. I know we've some true competitors on this team, and obviously they're the reigning champs. For us, we're trying to achieve something bigger than ourselves and win a championship. It'south a long road ahead but getting regular season games love this is always fun."

ESPN'south Chris Forsberg contributed to this report.

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