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What I’m Hearing: HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy spoke with a handful of NBA players and polled them on who they think will win the title this year. Survey says! USA TODAY

After all of Boston point guard Kyrie Irving’s missives about leadership and performance this season — and self-admitted missteps along the way — he delivered in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Celtics should be thrilled because .

Irving was the best player on the court in the Celtics’ 4-0 series sweep of the Indiana Pacers, . In this sweep, the games were close, the series was not.

This was the moment Irving had been waiting for — his first playoff series with

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