In the whirlwind of the NBA's opening night, Kyrie Irving's performance wasn't the one we anticipated, but there's no need for fans to lose sleep over it. As the Dallas Mavericks' star guard navigated a rough start to the season, he also showcased the resilience and talent that make him who we know him as in this league.
While his numbers of last night's performance are deceiving, Kyrie showed a yielding yet aggressive game. It seemed that Kyrie was more of the point guard, the initiator of the offense.
Kyrie Irving shows Mavs fans there's nothing to worry about despite rough game
His shot selection was great, around the rim, late in the shot clock, and just things you expect from a vet when his shot isn't falling.
Fans were encouraged by the pace and floor spacing as we saw Lively II involved in pick-and-roll with both guards, - a game where it wasn't the "Luka Show" every trip down the court.
It didn't take long for "Mr. 4th Quarter" to make his presence felt in Kyrie Irving. Last night, he delivered a dazzling 10-point performance in the quarter, reminding fans of his clutch capabilities. It's worth noting that he led the league in fourth-quarter scoring last year, cementing his reputation as one of the most reliable closers in the game.
Irving finished the game with a solid night, 22 points, and 6 assists, and some big-time buckets down the stretch. I believe the 2nd half of last night's game is what we should expect to see out of this Mavericks team. While there was some speculation about rotations and lineups, fans should've ended their night satisfied.