Before the Cavaliers faced the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center last month, coach Byron Scott reiterated how he didn’t believe Kyrie Irving had yet developed that killer instinct embedded deep within L.A. stars like Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.
After watching Irving dominate in recent weeks, Scott is beginning to change his mind.
“I think it’s getting a lot closer,” Scott said. “He definitely has something, there’s no doubt about that. I think he’s getting used to and really kind of enjoying big moments.”
Irving stole a Cavs win at the Toronto Raptors two weeks ago when he calmly sank a 3-pointer from about 30 feet with one second left. He carried the Cavs to victory Saturday against the defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder, when he scored 13 of the Cavs’ final 15 points — including another 3-pointer over an outstretched Russell Westbrook that was eerily similar to the game-winner in Toronto.
“The one thing about being able to hit shots like that, you’ve got to be willing to be the hero, but you have to be willing to be the goat, too,” Scott said. “Obviously the other guys I know have that in them. They don’t mind being the goat because they have so much faith in themselves. Kyrie is definitely getting to that point. He feels if the ball is in his hands and it’s a last second or the last play, he feels pretty good he’s going to make that shot. I think that’s half the battle.”
Aggressive, attacking style
Irving has scored 30 or more points 10 times this season and the Cavs are 7-3 in those games, but they’ve won the past six times it has happened Scott doesn’t believe Irving must score 30 points for the Cavs to win, but he believes Irving must play with an aggressive, attacking style every night in order for the Cavs to have a chance.
Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving developing same killer instinct coach Byron Scott has seen before
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