Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 33 points Wednesday night in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ tough 99-98 win against the visiting Dallas Mavericks, but there was plenty of frustration in the Cavs’ locker room.
Irving’s teammates are reportedly angry with the fact that their point guard only managed a single assist, while hoisting up 28 shots.
LeBron James, who famously confronted Irving last season about getting others involved, sat out to get some rest.
Per the NEOMG:
A game-high 33 points on 12-of-28 shooting along with a late game-saving steal allowed the Cavs to squeak by the Mavericks in a 99-98 victory at The Q. But it was his unwillingness to get others involved that left onlookers and his teammates scratching their heads.
After the game, a few players were puzzled to how their point guard managed to register just one measly assist while playing 39 minutes. They were frustrated, but the win and Irving’s huge defensive play lessened the anger.
Players are growing tired of Irving’s inability to not only register a proper amount of assists at the lead guard position, but also to just move the ball. […] Did Irving pass more than once? Of course, but only when he was forced to do so. At one point in the second quarter, he dribbled relentlessly for 24 seconds and went nowhere. Dallas’ Chandler Parsons stayed in front of him and let him do all that fancy dribbling in one spot. Irving ended up settling for a tough mid-range jumper that clanked off the rim.