On the last night of his three-day All-Star tour, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving scored 15 points and recorded four assists and three rebounds in less than 25 minutes of action. For the night, Irving played good basketball with and against the world’s elite players. Although he did not play a perfect game, Irving did prove that he is a top NBA star. And if you are into this sort of thing, Irving played 10-plus minutes with former Cavalier LeBron James.
Irving got his first ever All-Star action alongside a lineup of James, Tyson Chandler, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony. Taking the role of point guard, Irving did not look for his shot right away. He was content to distribute the ball to others.
When Irving did look for his shot, he made highlights. While there was no Brandon Knight moment on Sunday, Irving did have one incredible highlight. In the third quarter, Irving drove into the heart of the West’s defense and threw down a rare dunk.
For Irving, this was a very good All-Star debut. He had the third highest +/- score on the East’s roster, shot 50 percent from three and only had two turnovers. That is a game Irving can be proud of, and is only of teaser of what is to come. This will be the first of many All-Star games for Irving, and I think his numbers will only go up in years to come.
Kyrie Tweets of the Night
Kyrie is about the only thing I’ve enjoyed about this All-Star Weekend
— Michael Smith (@michaelsmith) February 18, 2013
Now do you guys finally believe me that Kyrie Irving is a top 5 PG in the league. Been saying it for a minute now. #NBA
— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) February 18, 2013
Chris Paul is showing Kyrie Irving how you take over a game
— SI NBA (@si_nba) February 18, 2013
With Coca Cola owned Sprite spending so much w/NBA & the All Star Game, Kyrie Irving (Pepsi’s Uncle Drew) could never win MVP.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) February 18, 2013
Waiting for Kyrie Irving to break down Tony Parker. The anticipation is killing me.
— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) February 18, 2013
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) February 18, 2013
Math’s not my strong suit: LBJ-Irving ticker at 8:02 thru 3 quarters, West leads East heading into 4th, 108-104
— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) February 18, 2013
Kyrie Irving making people look silly dot GIF: usat.ly/Y0XVBo
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) February 18, 2013