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Kyrie: Playing in Dallas has helped me 'find my peace'

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Life in Texas suits Kyrie Irving.

Following the Mavericks' 116-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, Irving spoke about how much he and his family are enjoying their time in Dallas.

"I feel like it's a great chapter that's being written right now," Irving said. "I'm enjoying every step of the way, I'm not taking anything for granted. I'm enjoying the hot weather right now, I'm enjoying the Dallas community, and the fans here. You know we talked about this earlier in the season, just how much I felt embraced, but I think it's gone a little deeper than that. It's really helped me grow as a human being and find my peace out here.

"It's good to breathe fresh air, get outside. Seasonal depression is real when you're growing up up north. I spent 12 years in the Eastern Conference in three cold cities that deal with four seasons, so you come out here and you're able to get outside and ground yourself a little bit more and spend some time with your family, watch your kids run outside. Wife's happy. You know what they say about a happy wife ... happy life."

Irving spent the first six years of his NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, followed by stints with the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. He was dealt to the Mavs in February 2023.

The Mavs will have an opportunity to book a ticket to the NBA Finals on Tuesday night when they host the Timberwolves in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

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