Why Stephen A. Smith Believes Kyrie Irving Deserves More Credit For Celtics’ Run

Is Kyrie Irving haunting the Cleveland Cavaliers from beyond the floor?

Stephen A. Smith said Wednesday on ESPN’s “First Take” he believes the Boston Celtics are benefiting from the inside knowledge their injured point guard has about the Cavs, whom the C’s lead 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals.

According to Smith, Irving might be helping the Celtics gain a mental edge over his former team despite being sidelined with a season-ending injury.

The knee surgery Irving underwent last month officially ruled him out for the entire postseason, but he has remained close to the team during his recovery from the procedure.

Smith’s point about Irving’s behind-the-scenes influence contrasts with that of Chris Broussard, who believes the 26-year-old no longer is the leader of this Celtics team.

The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.

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