Kyrie Irving says the Celtics were resilient in win over Kings

    Kyrie Irving recapped the Celtics win over the Kings while also discussing Russell Westbrook's altercation in Utah.

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    BOSTON – Kyrie Irving spoke to the media on Thursday night following the Boston Celtics win over the Sacramento Kings at TD Garden.

    Listen to everything Irving had to say here:

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    How would you characterize the difference in energy from the first and the second half?

    “I mean, we just made a few more shots in the second half and were more resilient.  Gravitating towards the people we need to be worried about.  Obviously, Buddy (Hield) getting it going in the first half really put an imprint on the game.  We just had to knock off their rhythm.  They were pretty comfortable but I felt like we were in pretty good shape going into halftime.  Down by six so you know, I’m happy.  I was satisfied coming into halftime.  As long as we were down by six, keep it close.  The second half, you know it’s up for grabs.  I feel like we have the talent in this locker room to go and get it, and we did.”

    How important is grinding out wins like tonight?

    “The hardest game is the first game coming back from a road trip.  It’s always going to be a dogfight no matter who you are playing against.  Obviously, when you have a team fighting for playoff position it is going to be that type of intensity and you have to be ready for it. They were up 17 but we used our experience, used a lot of things we’re great at.  Just attitude, toughness, things we can control, effort and got back into the game.”