Thing fans learned from the Dallas Mavericks debut of Kyrie Irving: 4. Right side is for Kyrie
Fans know that Luka Doncic likes to work on the left side of the floor, and that is his spot when unleashing his stepback 3-pointers. Number 77 loves getting there and running the show.
Irving proved he was comfortable playing off the ball, and fans saw where the 30-year-old likes to operate. He kept getting to the right side of the floor to initiate the offense, and run his sets. Kyrie was picking the Clippers apart from there with threes and finding open teammates.
Fans who have been watching Kyrie for years know that he prefers to operate from the right side, and it will give opposing teams difficult decisions to make on every possession. Send two to Luka on the left side, and Irving will feast on the weak side. Put two on Kyrie, and Doncic will have the single coverage in the basket on the other side of the floor.
Luka was out on Wednesday night against the Clippers, but he was watching from the bench. The Mavericks superstar had this to say about his new backcourt partner when he was interviewed by ESPN after the first quarter.
Doncic is excited, and fans worried about the fit should calm down after Wednesday’s game. Kyrie played off the ball plenty, and he loves to operate from different areas on the floor than Luka.