The Celtics’ worst game of the young season so far was their 108-100 Oct. 18 home loss to the Bucks, in which Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 37 points and Kyrie Irving shot an abysmal 7-of-25 from the field.
Irving and the C’s (2-2) can get quick redemption on Thursday (8 p.m., TNT) when they take on the Bucks in Milwaukee in front of a nationally televised audience.
Irving did a solid job of moving the basketball in the Celtics blowout win over the Knicks on Tuesday night, passing up several wide open looks. He is averaging 6.0 assists per game so far this season, which is consistent with what Isaiah Thomas put up in the flow of the Celtics’ offense last season. Thomas put up 5.9 assists per game with the C’s last year.
Last year with the Cavs, Irving averaged 5.8 assists per game and the year the Cavs won the title in 2015-16, Irving averaged 4.7 assists per game.
It’s entirely possible that Irving is using the early portion of this season to make sure he has his role of “distributor” down pat before he starts going into business for himself on the offensive end.