Kyrie Irving loves the spotlight, doesn’t he?
On Friday night during the waning minutes of the BBVA Rising Stars Game, Kyrie started to take his game to a different level. He was taken out with a few minutes to go in the contest, but he had done enough damage in the second portion of the second half. Irving finished with 32 points, six assists and six rebounds on 14-of-20 shooting. His most impressive feat occurred when he wen toe-to-toe with Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons. If you didn’t see the moves that Uncle Drew put on the young blood, you can watch them here:
There was another point guard, however, who may have finished with an even more impressive an athletic play than Irving. Alexey Shved of the Minnesota Timberwolves took a pass from Isaiah Thomas and threw the hammer down from behind. His rim-rocking slam earned him dunk of the night honors:
If it wasn’t Shved throwing down jams or Irving making defenders look foolish, it was Ricky Rubio – also of the Timberwolves – who was finishing the trifecta of point guard playing skills with his several dimes on Friday. Rubio tied for a game-high 10 assists, and helped his teammates out on the court every chance he got. Rubio also only played just under 16 minutes, so his feat is all the more impressive if you look at it that way. Here are some of the wonderful passes that Rubio dished out on Friday:
And if you missed him, Kenneth Faried was a human highlight reel on Friday. His 40-point, 10-rebound performance netted him MVP honors. He was a force not to be reckoned with down low, and he proved that to be true early on and throughout the game. Faried will be one of the more dominant big men in the NBA in the near future, and seeing him have such a strong start to his career has been very exciting to watch thus far. His star will shine brighter in the future, but in the meantime enjoy some of his highlights from last night:
Overall, here were the top five plays of Friday night, including two gems from the Celebrity All-Star Game. Irving and Dion Waiters took the top two honors, but where did they each land?: