MVP of the night | Awesome Kyrie!

When he only thinks about basketball and concentrates on his work, Kyrie Irving remains one of the best players in the world. The Jazz and Warriors defenses can attest to that as they scored 48 and 38 points respectively! All with unsettling ease… and without forgetting to let others play and trust them.

“Most importantly, don’t let your faith waver. It’s easy to miss a few shots and then get loose. We don’t want that, I don’t want that.” Kyrie Irving explained after the win in San Francisco. “I told you I put a lot of pressure on myself to be first, second or first choice. This is a message to everyone: option one, option two, option three, it doesn’t matter to me. It doesn’t matter who has the ball, as long as they are aggressive and that is the best shot for our team. Objectively, it’s a team sport and it’s not about identifying one person who will carry everyone every night, it’s about winning matches… It’s about the collective attitude, the collective atmosphere and accepting the results. »

The beautiful speech of the former leader of the Cavaliers and Celtics, who can play soloists when necessary, can also serve Royce O’Neale for a 3-point victory. “Kyrie was going to the hoop, hitting hard shots” testifies to the latter. “At that point he came in, two players defended him and he found me. He had confidence in me and this confidence allowed me to score. »

Kyrie Irving also leads by example on defense

That confidence is crucial in Kevin Durant’s absence, and Kyrie Irving seems to have gotten the relationship right with his teammates.

“The Warriors did a great job of staying on top of me, being physical and making things difficult for me.” Kyrie knows Irving. “I felt that if I brought in two or three players, my teammates would have a lot of opportunities. Royce was open and I felt that was our best shot. So I gave him the ball, I trusted him to put it in and luckily it went in. »

Kevin Durant was gone, Kyrie Irving took charge, and maybe he didn’t expect the federation around him. Better yet, he also leads by example when it comes to slowing down Stephen Curry, and his four fouls show real defensive prowess.

“We just wanted them to be uncomfortable all night, especially in the fourth quarter.” he continues. “We wanted to make things difficult for them with different alignments and pride in defence. Some nights we’re going to have to really rely on our composure and defensive pressure to carry us to victory. It’s not going to be a pretty sight, I’ve been saying that since the beginning of the season… but if we stay strong and focus on defense, we give ourselves a chance to win every game. »

Complete game when he arrived: 38 points on 12 of 22 shooting, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

Kyrie Irving Percent It bounces
The season Team GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Turn off Def Early p.d party Int bp CT Points
2011-12 Key 51 31 46.9 39.9 87.2 0.9 2.9 3.8 5.4 2.2 1.1 3.1 0.4 18.5
2012-13 Key 59 35 45.2 39.1 85.5 0.6 3.1 3.7 5.9 2.5 1.5 3.2 0.4 22.5
2013-14 Key 71 35 43.0 35.8 86.1 0.7 2.9 3.7 6.1 2.3 1.5 2.7 0.3 20.8
2014-15 Key 75 36 46.8 41.5 86.3 0.7 2.4 3.2 5.2 2.0 1.5 2.5 0.3 21.7
2015-16 Key 53 32 44.8 32.2 88.5 0.8 2.1 3.0 4.7 2.0 1.1 2.3 0.3 19.6
2016-17 Key 72 35 47.3 40.1 90.5 0.7 2.5 3.2 5.8 2.2 1.2 2.5 0.3 25.2
2017-18 BOS 60 32 49.1 40.8 88.9 0.6 3.2 3.8 5.1 2.0 1.1 2.3 0.3 24.4
2018-19 BOS 67 33 48.7 40.1 87.3 1.1 3.9 5.0 6.9 2.5 1.5 2.6 0.5 23.8
2019-20 BRK 20 33 47.8 39.4 92.2 1.1 4.1 5.2 6.4 2.7 1.4 2.6 0.5 27.4
2020-21 BRK 54 35 50.6 40.2 92.2 1.0 3.8 4.8 6.0 2.6 1.4 2.4 0.7 26.9
2021-22 BRK 29 38 46.9 41.8 91.5 0.6 3.8 4.4 5.8 2.8 1.4 2.5 0.6 27.5
2022-23 BRK 35 37 48.5 37.0 90.2 1.0 4.1 5.1 5.0 2.7 0.9 2.1 0.8 26.7
General 646 34 47.1 39.1 88.3 0.8 3.1 3.9 5.7 2.3 1.3 2.6 0.4 23.3

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