“Stay true to myself” has been the slogan of Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving. This belief has led him to success. Fox Sports Ohio is going to air a 30-minute special show on Friday to reveal Irving’s road to glory.
The Cavs point-guard is not fully fit a week ahead of the NBA Finals. He was replaced by Mathew Dellavedova in game 4 of Conference final against the Atlanta Hawks after being injured. He knew he needed to be in the court for a spell of his own confidence and to boost his side. And the Cavs desperately need him from June 4 to match the brilliance of MVP Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
“He did fabulously,” Blatt said regarding Irving. “He played beautiful, moved well. He was impactful. But it was a lot bigger than that. The fact that he came back to play, the fact that he wanted so badly to be part of this series and being able to move forward. He wanted to be with his guys and contribute.
“We wanted this break to let other guys heal and he stepped in there and really helped us and did a great, great job.”
Irving finished with 16 points in that game after coming in with a hobbling knee and featuring 22 minutes more for his side.
“Kyrie Irving came in and gave them a boost during the game,” said Atlanta guard Jeff Teague. “And I think they just fed off of that energy from the crowd; we just couldn’t recover.”