THE Boston Celtics underwent huge upheaval this summer losing their biggest player after a hugely disappointing campaign.

But if their early season form is anything to go by, it's been for the best.

Kyrie Irving ditched the stories club for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency – joining Kevin Durant in a move that changed the dynamic of the NBA.

Having been a pre-season favourite, the Celtics struggled through numerous issues last season, eventually losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

The loss of Irving was huge, but the Celtics replaced him with the best point guard on the market.

Three-time all-star Kemba Walker joined from the Charlotte Hornets and Brad Stevens' team are rolling.

After losing the opening game of the season, the Celtics have now won SIX in a row and sit at the top of the Eastern Conference.

Walker said: "We just want to keep it going. We want to keep on winning.

"I want to keep on winning.

"That’s our main focus, just stay locked into what we have to do in these games and to execute as best as we can."

Walker doesn't believe he's playing any differently to his time in Charlotte – where he reached the post-season just twice in eight seasons, losing in the first round on both occasions.

He added: "I don’t think I’m playing differently at all. I can’t put my finger on it.

"You just have to get better. I think for us, it starts on the offensive end.

"I think it gets in our heads. It starts to get frustrating.

"We’ve missed shots early and it trickles down to our defence.

"We just have to be better. We’re not going to make shots all the time.

"We can’t control the offence all the time, but we can control the defence with our energy, so that’s where we’ve got to start."

Tatum, still only 21, is one of the up and coming stars of the league.

But after making the all-rookie first-team in 2018, Tatum struggled at times in his second season.

This summer, Tatum worked with NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

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Some of the Black Mamba's magic has rubbed off on the young star, with Tatum currently scoring 21 points per game – up from 16 last season – and hitting 45 per cent of his three point shots.

He said: "[Kobe] taught me some things… Positioning, footwork, reading what the defence gives you."

Tatum added that playing with Walker has been "a lot" of fun.

"It’s been a lot of fun," said the former No3 draft pick.

"We’ve got off to a great start. It’s still early, but hopefully we can keep it going."

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