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Steve Nash isn’t fazed by Kyrie Irving’s mediocre performance

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Kyrie Irving is one of the best basketball players to ever play for the Brooklyn Nets, let’s get that straight. It’s because of this that we hold him to such a high standard in pivotal games such as his most recent, a Game 3 loss in Boston.

The circumstances seemed almost fairy tale-like. Irving was coming back to TD Garden with fans for the first time to play his former team, a team that he was unable to capture a championship with. Irving addressed after Game 2 that he hoped there wouldn’t be any belligerent and racist comments directed towards him in his return.

It seemed that if anybody on the Nets would have a big game, it was going to be Kyrie Irving. Instead, we got a mediocre performance from the guard. He scored 16 points on 6-for-17 shooting from the field. Scoring only 16 points was not going to cut it for Game 3.

The Game 3 loss was not all on him. It should never be all on him because this is a basketball team, not a three-man show. But, knowing what we know about Kyrie Irving’s greatness and ability to show up in big games, this is the pressure that Irving has lived up to and has to live up to because of his greatness.

Steve Nash said at the press conference on Saturday “we know he can handle that environment.” We can talk about the Celtics fans being a factor for Uncle Drew all we want, but looking at the Nets’ guards resume, that’s highly unlikely. We probably just witnessed an off-night triggered by the basketball gods.