Kyrie Irving Leads Nets To Win While Fasting During Ramadan

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Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center on April 23, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Nets won 109-104. Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Kyrie Irving has been on a tear despite fasting during Ramadan. 

On Sunday, Irving led the Brooklyn Nets to a win against the Phoenix Suns. He posted 34 points and 12 assists on 5-of-7 threes. He has  averaged 24.1 points  this month, on 46% shooting from the field. 

In a postgame press conference on Friday, Irving opened up about his faith and confirmed that he is observing Ramadan, the most sacred month in Islam marked by spiritual reflection, heightened devotion and fasting. 

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, refraining from eating and drinking, to commemorate the revelation of the Quran,  National Geographic  noted.

"Yeah, I am taking part in Ramadan with a lot of my Muslim brothers and sisters. And it's been an adjustment. That's really what I can say," Irving said.

"It’s just being committed to my service to God, Allah, and then continuing on with whatever I’m guided with."

It's rare for Irving to open up about his personal life, let alone speak about his faith. This is the first time he's discussed his faith publicly. Although he has referenced it before. 

Depending on the time of the games, Irving is not able to drink or eat beforehand,  Yahoo Sports  noted. 

Speaking about fasting, another Muslim NBA star said it isn't as hard as it sounds. 

“Once the game is going, you don’t think about ‘you’re thirsty,’ you don’t think about ‘you’re hungry’ or anything like that ... You’re just focusing on the game,” Portland Trailblazers' Enes Kanter told  Oregon Live

“One thing about Ramadan, I feel like it is all up in your head,” he added. 

“It’s all about just mental strength.”

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