Kyrie Irving admitted he brought a different mindset to Monday night's 114-110 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic at US Bank Arena. "I definitely started out with a different aggressiveness than I have in the other preseason games," Irving said. "In the other preseason games I started out trying to run the offense and get everybody involved as much as possible. Tonight I was just making plays, whether it was for my teammates or myself." As a result, Irving looked more like himself, finishing with a preseason-high 22 points, making five of eight field goals, including a 3-pointer, and all 11 free throws. He came into the game averaging 10.8 points while making just 11 of 46 shots (23.9 percent). He had missed the first six 3-pointers he took. Coach Byron Scott figured it was just a matter of time until the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year came around. "I told you I wasn't worried," Scott said. "I'm not worried about that young man right now. I know he's just trying to get into a rhythm. This is about the right time -- with a couple of preseason games to go and the season a couple of weeks away from starting -- to start finding his rhythm. "I thought he was aggressive offensively. He looked to be aggressive getting to the basket and obviously got to the free-throw line 11 times, too. That was real good for us because it showed he was being aggressive. Like I said before, I'm not worried about him at all, especially his shot."
Kyrie Irving back in the scoring flow to beat Orlando in OT, 114-111
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Oct 16