Irving supplied 29 points (11-21 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and two steals across 37 minutes in Saturday's 99-84 dusting of the Pelicans. Irving didn't light it up from long range, but Saturday's 3-for-9 effort from downtown still amounted to a positive outing after he had gone a collective 3-for-24 from distance in the preceding eight games. That shortcoming aside, Irving has mostly looked like his usual self since returning from a long-term knee injury in late December, and he's scored no fewer than 19 points in any of the Cavs' last six games.
Irving scored 26 points (10-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT) to go with five assists, one rebound, and a steal over 37 minutes in a 106-97 loss to the Hornets on Wednesday. Irving's offensive output helped the Cavs remain competitive, but unspectacular defense led to their demise in the Time Warner Cable Arena. While Irving continues to have no answers beyond the arc -- shooting 13.6 percent from downtown over his last seven games -- he's scored at least 20 points in his last four contests. Look for that trend to continue on Friday against the Celtics.
Irving scored a game-high 25 points (10-20 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while dishing out seven assists with three rebounds during 41 minutes in Monday's 111-106 overtime win against the Pacers. It was the third straight contest that Irving scored at least 20 points in, as the All-Star point guard has pretty much shaken off all the injury rust. The one concerning stat though is Irving's struggles from distance. He's hit just 2-of-18 from beyond the arc in the past six games.
Irving managed 21 points (9-17 FG, 3-4 FT), six assists, a rebound and two steals over 36 minutes in Saturday's 117-103 victory over the Spurs. The All-Star point guard has apparently taken coach Tyronn Lue's directive to attack the basket to heart, posting back-to-back 20-point-plus outings for only the second time since his Dec. 20 return. After only posting 50 percent or better shooting from the field in four of his previous 14 games, Irving has now accomplished the feat in his last two contests as well. If he can maintain his current level of aggressiveness over an extended stretch, a return to last season's averages of 21.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists is certainly within reach for the talented 23-year-old.
Irving recorded 28 points (11-19 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 6-7 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 32 minutes during the Cavaliers' 114-106 victory versus the Pistons on Friday. Coming off Wednesday's 4-of-11 performance against the Suns, Irving looked much better offensively on Friday. He failed to sink a three-pointer, but nevertheless had an efficient night scoring the ball thanks to the fact that he earned seven trips to the charity stripe. Irving has been up-and-down since returning to action over five weeks ago, making less than 40 percent of his field goals in seven of his 15 games. However, he will have some time to rest and re-charge soon with the All-Star break coming up, and his best days are surely yet to come.
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