A former Duke basketball superstar was near perfect in the NBA Play-In Tournament.
It hasn’t been an easy season for Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets, but the former Duke basketball sensation is looking to turn the page as the playoffs are finally here.
Brooklyn had yet to qualify for the NBA playoffs and needed a win in the Play-In tournament to make it into the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference, and Irving put together one of his best efforts. of the season on Tuesday evening.
Kyrie Irving had 34 points, three rebounds and 12 assists on 12 of 15 shooting from the field, 3 of 6 from 3-point range and 7 of 7 from the Nets free throw line. 115-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team that drafted No. 1 overall Irving in 2011 over Duke.
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Despite only playing 29 regular season games due to his vaccine status, Irving averaged 27.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game while shooting 46.9 % from the floor and 41.8% from 3 points in his third season with Brooklyn. .
The former Blue Devil has put in performances of 43, 50 and 60 points this season.
Seth Curry, Kyrie Irving’s teammate at Duke, didn’t have the same success Tuesday night as his backcourt teammate with the Nets. He went scoreless on four shots in 33 minutes of action.
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The win over the Cleveland Cavaliers sets up a juicy first-round playoff game between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics with the storylines surrounding Kyrie Irving.
Irving was traded from the Cavaliers to the Celtics after bringing an NBA championship to Cleveland in 2016 and publicly committing to a long-term deal with Boston before leaving for the Nets after the 2018-19 season.
Kyrie Irving was then seen stomping on the Celtics logo on center court at TD Garden after Game 4 of the 2021 Playoffs first round, following a 141-126 win that pushed the Nets to a 3-1 lead in the series.
Game 1 between the Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets against Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics is scheduled for Sunday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m. EST (ABC) from TD Garden.