Celtics bet on talent and continuity against revamped East after quiet trade deadline

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Kyrie Irving was not exactly phased when he was asked about the additions made across the Eastern Conference in the aftermath of a 129-128 heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

"I'm going to be honest with you, you probably have to tell me who got traded,” said Irving after playing his worst offensive game in months (6-of-20 from the field). "I haven't been on a lot of the wire about who got traded so I'll probably go home and look at it. I think Marc Gasol, right?”

Yes, Kyrie. Gasol went to Toronto for next to nothing. Nikola Mirotic landed in Milwaukee for four second round picks. The 76ers overpaid for Tobias Harris to further bolster what looks like a fantasy basketball team as reporters filled Irving in on the moves.

"Those are great pickups,” said Irving. "I’m looking forward to going against those guys. Obviously, those are top contenders in the East so we'll see them down the line. We have Philly coming up in the next week, in Philly, so that will be a great game. Just looking forward to the challenge of dialing in after the All-Star break and really focusing on the things that we want to do as a team and just get better at.”

The Celtics front office has been confident in this team for months after essentially electing to run it back with all the talent that got on the cusp of the NBA Finals all year. They've resisted urges to shakes anything up after a 10-10 start as the C's have slowly but surely found their footing.