Irving gets cheers and a win at MSG as Celtics beat Knicks

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Before Friday's game against the Boston Celtics, Irving only furthered the idea that the Knicks have a real shot to land him in the 2019 National Basketball Association offseason. Savvy Knicks fans are hip to that reality, of course, so they wasted no time in starting their courtship Friday night when, at one point, they started chanting "We Want Kyrie" at the All-Star point guard in the second half.

Irving addressed the media Friday and said he would discuss his free agency on July 1. First, disgruntled New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis asked for a trade but would not consider re-signing if acquired by the Celtics, fearing Irving might not be with the franchise for the long haul, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

He also went on to say that he doesn't owe anything to anybody, and that he plans to do what is best for his career.

The trade of Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas on Wednesday magically opened cap space for the New York Knicks to sign two max-contract free agents.

Irving is averaging 23.7 points.

A brief "We want Kyrie!".

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Damyean Dotson scored 22 points and Kevin Knox had 21 for the hapless Knicks, who lost a team record 13th straight home game.

The new players weren't available, so the Knicks started with a backcourt of Dotson and Kadeem Allen.

Along with Boston not playing to their lofty expectations, it created uncertainty in Boston, with Irving, Gordon Hayward's struggles since returning from a broken ankle and the young players taking a step back from 2017-18. "I'm glad I can share this with the Boston fans and everybody there", Irving said. "Obviously I really worked hard to build a great relationship with him, going over to Latvia and everything, and really trying to involve him in a lot of the stuff that we're doing".

"I'm appreciative of the fan support I get in any arena", he said.

Irving was also asked Friday about the Knicks' decision to trade Porzingis. Not that they had a player as good as Porzingis during those dark years, but their cap-clearing moves were mostly inconsequential salary swaps involving the likes of Jared Jeffries and Tracy McGrady. If they win the lottery and land Williamson with the No. 1 pick and lure Durant and another star to NY, they become instant contenders in the Eastern Conference.

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