Irving has had a thrilling season, averaging 23.6 points, 7.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds, with more to come. Though he took a little off his usual scoring average, he has improved his game in the assists and rebounding columns, as he is averaging career highs in these areas.
With this change comes another change- leadership. On the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving was not able to have leadership, since he was learning under Los Angeles Lakers small forward LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love. Since coming to the Celtics, he has tried to apply the tactics that he has learned from James and Love, but this resulted in him getting scrutinized by the media, with the possibility of him getting traded to a different team for a new All-Star for the Celtics.
Now, that was before the West Coast trip up to the most recent game against point guard Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden Saturday afternoon. Since then, things have been different.
Another thing to note: Irving has been playing spectacular in the past two games against the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks, as the point guard registered his first triple-double with the Celtics against the Kings and almost repeating it against the Hawks-only being one assist short.
How can he do this more often?
This was simply answered by Kyrie when being interviewed by the Boston Sunday Globe. He gave the following response:
“I think I need to be a little more conservative over these past few games before All-Star break, and since then I’ve tried to be more aggressive as possible,” Irving said. “When I’m aggressive, the team is aggressive, and it helps us.” [Credits: Boston Sunday Globe)