The Cleveland Cavaliers squad is unhappy with point guard Kyrie Irving’s inability to get teammates involved, according to latest NBA Rumors.
On Wednesday, Irving scored a game-high 33 points on 12-28 shooting as the Cavs escaped a narrow 99-98 victory against the Dallas Mavericks at home. Despite the victory, Irving left his teammates scratching their heads since he shot the ball 28 times.
Irving has never been a traditional pass-first PG. “After the game, a few players were puzzled to how their point guard managed to register just one measly assist while playing 39 minutes. They (teammates) were frustrated,” writes Chris Haynes in Cleveland.com.
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Haynes, who travels with the Cavaliers squad for the entirety of the season, reckons that Irving’s teammates are fed up. “Players are growing tired of Irving’s inability to not only register a proper amount of assists at the lead guard position, but also to just move the ball.”
There was a moment in the second quarter when Irving dribbled the ball for 24 seconds before settling for a tough mid-range jumper. At this juncture, his teammates “were in disbelief.”
Since returning from a knee injury in December, Irving is averaging 19.9 points and 4.5 assists from 41 games. Those numbers have considerably dipped from last season, when Irving averaged 21.7 points and 5.2 assists, including two games when he scored 50+ points.
Last month, ESPN’s Stephen A Smith dropped a bombshell that Irving wasn’t happy with his role in Cleveland, and that he was “tired” of playing second fiddle to LeBron James. Regardless of the veracity of that rumor, it’s clear that Irving isn’t cut out to lead an offense. “Right now, Irving isn’t ready to lead his own team. He has a grand total of four assists in his last two games,” explains Haynes.
Despite Irving’s worrying form, coach Tyronn Lue wants the superstar guard to stay in attack mode and take charge of the offense. Is that going to hurt the Cavaliers in the playoffs?
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