Kyrie Irving missed the Nets’ incredible 24-point comeback win last night. But he still grabbed a few eyeballs with a moment of comic relief.
Many of us NBA fans have developed a dislike for the 28-year-old, who’s now in his 10th season in the league. The reasons for this could be manifold. Celtics fans will claim that he turned his back on the team, gave up in the playoffs and then left in a distasteful manner.
Cavaliers fans will have similar grievings given his trade request. Even a few Nets fans are still sitting on the fence about his supposedly unpredictable behavior.
But Irving wins everyone over once he steps on the court and delivers a show for the people. There are few players more exciting to watch than a hot Kyrie Irving – you never know what he’ll do to wow you next.
Kyrie Irving walks into the Suns’ Arena with a walking stick
Irving ruled himself out of the Nets’ second game of a back-to-back set with a back issue. The mercurial point guard had dropped a season-high 40 points against the Kings on Monday night.
He traveled with the team and entered the court at the Phoenix Suns Arena walking alongside Kevin Durant and Nic Claxton. But there was one thing amiss – Irving had a walking stick of sorts in his hand.
Kyrie’s walking stick is killing me pic.twitter.com/QnPFyXLbSm
— Fastbreak Breakfast (@fastbreakbreak) February 17, 2021
Whether Irving’s act was a lucky charm or him just doing it for the giggles, it certainly brought a smile to our faces.
All in all, it was a great night for the Nets. Their bench came through clutch in the 4th quarter, helping to bring the game close while Harden sat.
The Beard returned to the court to score or assist on 18 of the Rockets’ final 20 points. All of us got a taste of just how great Harden is even on a typical night like this. Apart from perhaps LeBron James, nobody is a one-man offensive system all by himself like the Rockets legend.