On Monday, I shared the highly controversial opinion that point guard Kyrie Irving was the best reason to tune into the Cleveland Cavaliers. Critics scoffed; children's fingers were burned by reaching out to touch my scorching hot take. And yet, this morning, I am vindicated:
Get off me, haters.
That brief display of dribbling and finishing wizardry, performed at the expense of 2013 lottery pick Michael Carter-Williams and 2010 predecessor Evan Turner, wasn't Irving's only dazzling moment in Cleveland's 104-93 preseason win over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers at the Ohio State campus in Columbus on Monday evening. There was also this early bit of passing-lane interjection:
... and this slick feed of a streaking Anthony Bennett on a fast break created by Tristan Thompson's block on Turner, who went 4 for 13 from the field with five turnovers in a less-than-auspicious return to his collegiate stomping grounds:
Such plays were for the course for Irving on Monday, as he finished with 17 points on 6 for 10 shooting, 12 assists (albeit against five turnovers of his own) and two steals in 29 minutes in the win.
“I’ve been attacking every game, just finding my spots on the offensive end and continuing to get better defensively and pressure these point guards and get out in transition,” Irving said after the game, according to Waiting for Next Year's Scott Sargent. “Guys made shots tonight for me and things went well on that end."
If you want to know just how well, you can ask Carter-Williams and Turner. They might not feel much like talking about it, though.
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