I never expected the Cavs and 4 game winning streak would be in the same sentence this year, but somehow...someway...It is. I don't know if David Griffin has magical powers or something, but the Cavs are actually looking like an actual basketball team right now. Everybody is smiling and having fun when they're playing.
This is the best gif ever. I'm sorry, I just had to do it. Delly is supremely underrated in this gif as well. Look at the way he swings the towel.
Anyways, I'm getting off topic. Who do I want to talk about in this FanPost? Well, I want to talk about the best player on the Cleveland Cavaliers, superstar PG Kyrie Irving. The Cavs in general too, but mostly Kyrie.
Now, I know that horrible shooting slump in November for Kyrie never should have happened, but it did. While he's turned it on as of late and looks more like the Uncle Drew we all know and love, some of his numbers are still down from last year, mainly shooting percentage.
I'm going to go back in time a little bit for this post, because I feel like it's needed. Remember how Kyrie was just smoking teams before the All-Star break last year? It was beautiful, but something happened to him after the All-Star break. He wasn't the same. Is it because other teams' defense was keying on him more now since he was an All-Star last year? Did he give up on the team? What happened?
Now, this is from last year, obviously. Look at how efficient he was before the All-Star break. He was almost shooting 50% from the field, and above 40% from the 3pt line. And if you haven't noticed, that is pretty efficient. Compare that to after the All-Star break, and you tilt your head a little bit. There are some positives that I can take after the All-Star break, though.
He was averaging 6.9 assists and got on a roll from the FT line, averaging 87.3%. One of the major knocks on Kyrie is he doesn't make his teammates better. In my opinion, it's not true but then it is true. Kyrie is not a pass-first PG, but that doesn't mean he's bad at passing. He can really make some spectacular passes when he wants to like we saw last night in the 4th quarter against Detroit.
If Kyrie does turn it up after the All-Star break, it would mean that he is trying very hard to lead his team into the playoffs. It would also tell us that he's not "pouting" and giving up on the team, which would really make people see why Kyrie was the starting PG in the All-Star game and not John Wall.
Anyways, here are my predictions for Kyrie after the All-Star break: 22.0 PTS, 7.0 AST, 3.5 REB, 1.5 STL, 45.3 FG%, 40.5 3PT%, 87.0 FT%.
Hey, it's not like Kyrie can't do this. We've seen him do this multiple times before, so why not think he's going to destroy teams after the All-Star break?
Now, for the Cavs. I predict they make the playoffs, (don't know how many games they're going to win) and either get knocked out of the first round or be a surprise team and make it to the second round. It would be a miracle if they actually made it to ECF, even though that would be highly unlikely, because it seems like the Heat and Pacers are going to be in there again.