Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is clutch.
Last season’s NBA Rookie of the Year, Irving has started off this season playing even better than he did last year, and has already hit two huge shots for the Cavs in the first four games.
In the Cavaliers’ big win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, Irving hit a huge three-point shot late in the game to seal the win. Irving also set up several other players down the stretch to help lead the Wine and Gold to victory.
In the Cavs controversial loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, Irving also hit a huge shot, driving down the court to hit a game-tying lay-up with just 0.7 seconds left.
Irving hit several clutch shots last season for the Cavs, and he looks like he wants the ball late in every game. He can seemingly get to the rim at will, and he has great touch when he is putting up lay-ups around the big bodies inside.
He also has a solid jumper, and showed it with the shot he hit against the Clippers when the defense incredibly left him open for a moment. Irving recognized the opening and smartly took the shot.
So far this season, Irving is averaging 23.8 points (currently sixth-best in the league) and 6 assists a game. He is shooting 46% from the field and is even chipping in with 3.8 rebounds per game.
Perhaps best of all, Irving looks like a leader. He knows when to take over and he knows when to get the ball moving to other players. He is already teaming up well with rookie guard Dion Waiters, and the two of them form a dynamic backcourt.
And when you throw in the fact that the Cavs are sitting at 2-2 after four games, it’s a solid start to the season for Irving, and hopefully a sign of great things to come for Cavs fans.