If All-Star Weekend was Kyrie Irving's coming-out party -- his introduction to the NBA on how he has evolved into one of the best point guards in the game -- then the post-weekend fallout has arrived with similar declarations.
Kyrie Irving: top NBA point guard, fourth-quarter superstar.
Cleveland Cavaliers: NBA darlings?
It's hard to say if the 17-37 team is quite at that level, but interest has begun to percolate. Fans voted for the Cavaliers' game against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday to appear on NBA TV, allowing Cleveland to be on national television twice in one week.
That kind of exposure hasn't been seen since The Player Who Left was around -- and the Cavaliers will visit him in Miami on Sunday after stopping in Orlando today for the first of three straight road games.
Irving displayed his clutch skills -- again -- when the Cavaliers topped New Orleans, 105-100, on Wednesday on ESPN. Irving scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Thanks to Kyrie Irving, NBA fans want to watch Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Feb 23