Kyrie Irving breaks out
Kyrie Irving exploded for 20 points, six assists, three rebounds, and two blocks in a win against the Bobcats and just a few game into the season it’s clear that Irving has the superstar talent you would expect out of a guy drafted first overall.
The rookie took the game over despite D.J. Augustine ripping them for 26 points and nine assists.
Irving puts on a show out there and gives the Cavs one of the best young play makers in the game. The only real questions on Irving have been injury related and he’s healthy right now. He’s deadly on the break and his jumper is looking great. It was clear in today’s game against the Bobcats why he was chosen No. 1 in the draft. The class as a whole doesn’t look particularly strong but Irving is surprising the doubters up to this point and is already very dangerous for being born in ’92.
Irving has elite speed and doesn’t have a real weakness in his game. He does everything well and is a true point guard with a tremendous grasp on the game. All the buckets that he gets come in the flow of the offense, Irving rarely forces up shots. He’s got big hands and handles the ball great with his left or his right. Size, speed, defense, jumper, cross over, high motors.. it’s all there in Kyrie Irving and if he stays healthy for a whole season he will quickly erase any durability concerns.
Kyrie has also shown some impressive skills on the defensive end of the floor like coming out of no where for the huge swat off the backboard denying what Augustine thought was a wide open lay-up.
Don’t look now but the Cavs are 3-2 and the play of Irving and Antawn Jamison’s 16 points per game have made them better so far than the basement team that most people predicted. There’s a buzz in Cleveland right now about these young Cavs and the city isn’t in shock and panicking anymore over the losing King James.
Irving came into the game averaging 13.3 pts and 5.3 assists and four rebounds on the season and those numbers will be helped out by today’s effort. Irving averaged 17.5 points, four assists, and three rebounds in his one season under the tutelage of the Wizard, Coach K. at Duke.
The Cavs other lotto pick at No. 4 Tristan Thompson out of Texas looked good against the Bobcats also with 16 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks. Thompson looks like he’s going to pan out to be a really good power forward going forward. 8.3 and 4.2 rebounds per game before tonight in limited minutes but has shown flashes of dominance.
The Bobcats rookie guard didn’t fare as well. Kemba Walker got just two points on 1-for-6 in 13 minutes. Lottery pick rookie Bismack Biyombo played good with eight points, five rebounds, and two blocks in 21 minutes including a huge swat on Daniel Gibson.