Kyrie Irving's bold promise to Celtics fans prophetically came true in Finals

Dallas Mavericks, Kyrie Irving
Dallas Mavericks, Kyrie Irving / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks are still in the quest to win their second championship in franchise history after the team prevailed with a 122-84 win in Game 4 over the Boston Celtics to avoid being swept in the 2024 NBA Finals. A 38-point win and the third-largest win in Finals history was a tremendous message to show they will not go down without a fight.

Dallas is still in a hole trailing 3-1, and is looking to become the first team in NBA Playoff history to win a series after trailing 3-0; teams are 0-156 all-time.

Since playing in Dallas for Games 3 and Game 4, Kyrie Irving has seemed to find his game and has his confidence back. The Mavs desperately needed Irving to play better after struggling in a hostile Boston crowd in the first two games of the series.

Kyrie Irving's promise guaranteeing a Game 5 to Celtics fans came true in Finals

After heading back to the locker room after Game 2 of the Finals concluded, Irving had a message for the hostile fans, and his message came true.

Irving held up five fingers to tell the Celtics fans that he and the Mavs would return to Boston for Game 5. There will be a Game 5 in Boston on Monday at 7:30 p.m. CT. The biggest fear Irving can have is telling the Celtics fans his team would be back for Game 5 and lose the series.

The Mavs need Irving to continue the way he's played at home against the Celtics on the road. In the two games at home, Irving averaged 28 points per game. In the Game 4 blowout win, Irving scored 21 points in 33 minutes. It's clear, that Irving has been much better at home, and he has to get going on the road as well. The scoring the Mavs needed in Boston came back when the series shifted to Dallas. With the Mavs fans behind him, Irving sparkled in the home Finals debut games and gave Mavs fans hope.

Irving improved his play at the right time to gain his confidence back after averaging 14 points and missing all eight of his 3-point attempts in the first two games of the series in Boston. But, with a chance to make more history in the NBA Finals, Irving will be motivated.

With already a great history in playing in Game 5s, Irving is looking to bring the series back to Dallas for a Game 6. In 2016, Irving was a member of the Cavaliers when he was part of the first-ever 3-1 comeback in NBA Finals history. Now, Irving can be part of the first team in NBA history to complete a 3-0 comeback.

Completing the 3-0 comeback won't be an easy task, but confidence in Dallas is high after a blowout win. The team is 3-0 in Game 5s in the 2024 Playoffs. If a Game 6 is going to happen, Irving will need to continue to play the way he played in Game 3 and Game 4.