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Cavs Irving Historically Good

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 1/28/2013

With the third worst record in the NBA, there hasn't been a whole lot to cheer about for Cleveland Cavaliers fans this season. But despite the teams 13-32 record, one player has continued to shine through the tribulation.

Second year All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has continued to impress throughout his first season and a half in the league, doing things few others before him have accomplished at his age. The 20-year-old Irving is just the fifth player in NBA history with three straight 30-point games before his 21st birthday, after torching the Celtics, Bucks and Rapters last week for a combined 107 points, all coming in Cavalier victories. Only John Drew, Bernard King, LeBron James and Kevin Durant have had similar stretches.

In total Irving has seven games with 30+ points in the month of January, tied with Durant for the league lead. For his career the Duke product has 10 games with 30 or more points, fourth in NBA history for a player before turning 21 behind James (57), Durant (28) and Carmelo Anthony (17).

But perhaps what's been most impressive for the kid nicknamed "Mr Fourth Quarter" by Cleveland color man Austin Carr, is what Irving does in clutch time. In the last five minutes of games with his team either leading or trailing by five points, Irving has scored an impressive 91 points this season, second only to Durant (102) in the entire NBA.

But Kyrie does more than just hit clutch buckets for the Cavs, his season totals of 24.2 ppg (6th in NBA), 5.6 apg, 3.6 rpg and 1.7 spg are certainly worthy of an All-Star appearance. Irving also collects his numbers proficiently, shooting 48% from the floor, an impressive 41% from 3-point range, 85% from the stripe and a respectable 1.6 assist to turnover ratio. He ranks 7th in the league in player effeiciency rating and is 4th in that category during the month of January.

The truly amazing thing about Irving is that he is the unquestioned leader of the young Cleveland squad at just 20 years of age. He doesn't turn 21 until March, 23 so he may certainly add to his historical numbers before hitting the legal drinking age.

The only question marks that remain with Irving is whether or not he can handle the nightly wear and tear of an NBA season. He has already missed 26 games in his first two seasons in the league with multiple ailments, played in just a handful of games at Duke with a foot injury and broke his shooting hand over the summer competing for the USA Olympic team.

If Irving is able to stay healthy however, he has proven to be one of the truly unique talents playing the game today. If the rest of the young talent on the leagues most youthful team can catch up with Irving, which is no small task, the future for Cavaliers basketball could be a very bright one.  

  

   
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