The Cleveland Cavaliers were projected to be in the mix to earn a berth in the postseason in the 2013-14 NBA season prior to the start of the year. However, due to inconsistency and an offense that hasn’t been run well early in the season, the Cavs have struggled to start the season.
One of the biggest individual reasons that this team has gotten off to a slow start is the fact that the Cavs’ star point guard Kyrie Irving hasn’t been playing up to superstar expectations through the first 10 games of the season.
Before taking the floor on Saturday night against the Washington Wizards, Irving was averaging only 19.3 points, 7.2 assists and four rebounds in 35.2 minutes per game. More troublingly, Irving was shooting a mere 38 percent from the floor and only 32 percent from three. He’s seemed to be pressing a lot this season and, with his team’s offense looking disheveled, has had a hard time being effective.
On Saturday night, though, Irving found the magic that we all expected him to see from him this season. In the 103-96 overtime victory for Cleveland, Irving played 42 minutes and finished the night with 41 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals while shooting 14-28 from the field, 4-7 from three and 9-9 from the charity stripe.
Irving has had an incredible first two seasons of his career and the best is almost surely yet to come. However, this game needs to serve as a launching pad for him this year and, possibly, for his team. This offense has been a mess, but he is the lifeblood of the offense. If he can start finding ways to put up good, efficient numbers, things will almost certainly start to turn around for the Cavaliers.