BOSTON (Diya TV) — After a prolonged waiting period following quick wins in the conference finals, the NBA Finals begin with the Dallas Mavericks squaring off against the Boston Celtics in a battle of star power with storylines flooded throughout.

A large theme is centered around revenge. Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving takes on his old team, the Celtics, while Boston center Kristaps Porzingis faces off against the squad he was traded from. Regarding Irving, the fallout with the Celtics was not pretty and he says he is prepared for what obstacles the Boston crowd may put in front of him.

“The fans are going to say what they’re going to say,” Irving remarked. “I appreciate them and the relationship they have to the game. But it’s about the players at the end of the day.”

Irving was with the Celtics for two seasons. He missed the entire 2017 postseason in which Boston reached the conference finals due to injury. While Irving did make the All-NBA second team in the season that followed, the Celtics could not get past the second round of the playoffs. In the ensuing offseason, he joined the Brooklyn Nets to team up with superstar forward Kevin Durant.

While with the Nets, Irving had the opportunity to play the Celtics in the playoffs. However, the series didn’t go well with Brooklyn being swept and Irving being fined $50,000 for mild finger gestures toward the Boston crowd in Game 1. 

This year’s NBA Finals also have major implications for the next generation of players. C’s forward Jayson Tatum and guard Jaylen Brown are still in pursuit of their first ring while Mavericks star Luka Doncic also has his first title in his sights. 

The revelation of the new king of the NBA begins on June 6 with Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Stay tuned to Diya TV for coverage and breakdowns of all the games in what is sure to be an entertaining series.