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With LeBron James resting, the Cavs gritted out a tough 99-98 win over the Mavs. Kyrie Irving led the way with 33 points, but it took him 28 shots and his teammates were reportedly furious about the fact that he only had one assist in the game.
There was a moment in last night’s game in which Kyrie dribbled around on the spot for 24 seconds, struggling to get past Chandler Parsons and eventually hoisting up a bad shot.
Irving’s ball-dominant style is apparently a big time issue behind the scenes in Cleveland. Via Cleveland.com:
A game-high 33 points on 12-of-28 shooting along with a late game-saving steal allowed the Cavs to squeak by the Mavericks in a 99-98 victory at The Q. But it was his unwillingness to get others involved that left onlookers and his teammates scratching their heads.
After the game, a few players were puzzled to how their point guard managed to register just one measly assist while playing 39 minutes. They were frustrated, but the win and Irving’s huge defensive play lessened the anger.
Players are growing tired of Irving’s inability to not only register a proper amount of assists at the lead guard position, but also to just move the ball.
Did Irving pass more than once? Of course, but only when he was forced to do so. At one point in the second quarter, he dribbled relentlessly for 24 seconds and went nowhere. Dallas’ Chandler Parsons stayed in front of him and let him do all that fancy dribbling in one spot. Irving ended up settling for a tough mid-range jumper that clanked off the rim.