Four games were long enough for Kyrie Irving to struggle shooting the ball. In Monday's 114-111 overtime victory against the Orlando Magic, he got a little more aggressive in calling for the ball and finding his own shot. The results were evident – a preseason-high 22 points on 5-of-8 shooting. He made the only 3-pointer he took, sank all 11 free throws, dished three assists and played like the reigning Rookie of the Year for the first time this month. He entered the night shooting just 24 percent (11-of-46) in the preseason, but no one was overly concerned about it. "Not everybody shoots great during preseason and this is my first true preseason," Irving said after the lockout wiped away most of the preseason last year. "I was never concerned about it." Neither was coach Byron Scott, who keeps reiterating that Irving has focused most of his attention the last couple weeks on defense. "Told ya I wasn't worried," Scott said. "I'm not worried about that young man right now. He's just trying to get into a rhythm. This is almost the right time, with a couple of preseason games to go and the season a couple of weeks away, to start finding his rhythm."
Cavs' Irving getting into rhythm
Akron Beacon Journal | Oct 16