3. Stud - Kyrie Irving
Although Luka Doncic was the star of the show in the Mavs win, it was Kyrie Irving who translated the momentum in the Mavs' favor last night.
In a great performance, Irving held down the fort with 27 points, six rebounds, and three assists, while shooting an efficient 5-9 from behind the arc.
With 1:13 remaining in the first quarter, the Mavs trailed the Clippers by a score of 33-22. Irving would hit back-to-back threes and get to the free-throw line to go on a personal 8-0 run, cutting the Mavs deficit to just three points.
One of the key reasons the Mavs got the win was due to the pace they were playing at. It was mentioned all throughout the off-season that the Mavs needed to play at more of a fast pace. Irving proved in the win that the Mavs thrive offensively when pushing the ball up the court.
After struggling early this season to shoot well from three, Irving has shot 8-16 in his last two games and is beginning to look like himself again.
With the way Irving and Doncic are playing as a duo lately, it will be very difficult to stop this highly efficient offense.