Uncle Drew went off against the Pistons tonight, scoring 31 points and adding five assists and five rebounds to his performance. Only three days earlier he scored just three against the Pistons, at that time continuing a not-so-stellar start of the season for him. The Celtics are having a slow start, trying to define the pecking order on the team and develop a style that will allow all the players on the roster to have a meaningful role, and Kyrie wasn't immune to the issues at hand. At the end of his on-court interview, Kyrie had a special shout-out for someone.
“It's always great when someone challenges you like that, especially of the respect level I have for past Celtics legends. For him to really kind of pinpoint. as me being one of the leaders on this team, I had to be in better shape and challenge myself on both ends of the floor. He made very clear to me, and I caught wind of it probably like a week ago and it was bothering me 'cause it was the most honest thing that anyone has said about the way I was playing. I literally had to try to match a level where I had been playing last year and also become better. How do you do that? I really had to pun an emphasis on my body and how I was taking care of my mind. That was one of the realest things I could've heard as a competitor. If that doesn't irk you, the itch inside of you that you want to be better.”
This is a lesson the Celtics need to take from the Warriors. They have so much depth, whoever has the hot hand that night should get the ball and everyone else should get out of the way. Tonight we got the see the Uncle Drew Kyrie, he was hot and his teammates knew it. The Pistons realized it quickly as well.
Kyrie pointed out that who the criticism was coming from had an extraordinary effect on his motivation (Heinsohn being the biggest homer out there): ”Especially when I guy, you know, Tommy Heinson, you can't do any wrong in his eyes as a Celtic, you can do any wrong, and I appreciate that and it was the truth. I had to get in better shape and I had to become more dedicated to what I've been doing. I was on the bike the next morning, VersaClimber, doing everything possible to prepare my body to what's to come for the rest of the season. I shouted him out because it was the truth, I needed it”