Kyrie Irving was effusive in his praise for LeBron James despite the Nets’ loss to Collin Sexton and the Cavs the other night.
Kyrie Irving dialed it up in his first game back, scoring 37 points off 28 shots on the night. The Nets almost put the game away twice – first in the 4th quarter, and then in OT1. But Collin Sexton had the game of his life, scoring 20 straight for the Cavs in OT1 and OT2.
The way Sexton shot the ball at the end of the game was damn near unbelievable. He got his props from Kyrie, KD and Harden both on and off the court for his 42-point night.
The Nets are now the de facto favorites to come out of the East after acquiring James Harden from the Rockets. Despite a loss in the Big 3’s debut game, there is a lot of time for them to sort things out. Among their priorities would be to obtain a true rim protector by the trade deadline.
Kyrie Irving speaks about LeBron James and his influence on the Cavs
Irving was humble and eloquent in his post-game interview. The loss seemed hardly to have affected his mood. When asked about the new situation in Brooklyn, Kyrie spoke of how the Cavs adjusted when LeBron James returned to the fold:
“We were at the bottom, and we had to start and work our way up. When Bron came back in my fourth year, after killing it in Miami and doing what he was doing, he came, and then K-Love came, and the ball got rolling really, really quickly. It was new being around greatness every single day, seeing LeBron, seeing K-Love, see myself, Tristan, and I can name all the guys we had.”
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“We had a great collection of gamers, hoopers. When we gelled, we played the game the right way. We knew coming into every game, we had a great chance to win, and it took time; it took communication.”
“Having leaders like Bron takes a lot of pressure off myself. Being able to perform and lead the group and I was just learning. I learned as much as I could from him and other guys.”