Kyrie Irving is his best self in the NBA playoffs, says Cavs GM


He reduces defenders to ash with his supreme handle before getting to the rim where he’s one of the league’s best finishers. He shoots 40.5 percent from three, stabilizing a Cleveland Cavaliers team built on pelting teams from distance.

And he’s hit big shot after big shot to help lead Cleveland to its anticipated third straight NBA Finals appearance, which includes a championship ring after his ice-cold shot in last year’s deciding game.

Plain and simple, Irving is big time, and Cavs general manager David Griffin knows. He confirmed as much in an interview with Fear the Sword, where he spoke about his All-Star point guard’s development from a one-and-done at Duke to linchpin of Cleveland’s championship aspirations.

After all, Irving only played 11 college games before a right toe injury cut his season short. He was never on the court at Duke to deliver the big shots NBA fans have grown accustomed to seeing. That development took place in his early years in the league.

His play style really is sort of linebacker-ish. During a four-year Vintage MLB Jerseys Cheap run at Colorado, Awuzie played outside cornerback, nickelback, and safety. He never became an interception master (he had three in four years), but he knocked down a bunch of passes and made a bunch of tackles.

“Learning defenses, being able to prepare for other teams, and really understanding the game and understanding what everybody else is doing, I think that separates me,” he Soccer Cheap Jerseys said. “My instincts, my cerebral-ness as a football player.”

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