Irving has committed to playing for Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Irving and Warriors forward Harrison Barnes ended up claiming the final two roster spots, as both players took some time off after a taxing NBA Finals before making their decision to play in the Olympics. With Kyle Lowry representing the only other true point guard on the roster, Irving won't face much competition for playing time in the backcourt.
Irving canned arguably the biggest bucket of his career when he stepped back on the Warriors' Stephen Curry for a three-pointer that gave the Cavaliers the lead for good with 53 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Irving shook off poor performances in the first two gamess to help the Cavaliers capture its first title in franchise history, finishing the series with averages of 27.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.1 three-pointers and 2.1 steals across 39.0 minutes per game. After missing much of the first half of this past season while recovering from a fractured kneecap, Irving could be in store for a career-best campaign in 2016-17 while entering the year at full health.
After helping spearhead the Cavs' attack for much of the previous three games, Irving took a slight step back Thursday as teammate LeBron James took over for large stretches. It was still a highly effective effort for the 24-year-old, who's now scored between 23 and 41 points in five of the series' six games. Irving has excelled across the stat sheet, even draining multiple threes in four straight. His contributions in Sunday's Game 7 will undoubtedly be pivotal to the Cavs' attempt to become the first team ever to overcome a 3-1 Finals deficit.
Irving was absolutely incredible Monday, scoring efficiently from every area of the floor to keep the Cavaliers' title hopes alive. Irving and LeBron James combined to post 82 of the Cavs' 112 points, but they'll probably need some more help from the supporting cast if the hope to even the series at 3-3 on Thursday, especially with one of the Warriors' top players in Draymond Green returning from a suspension. Since struggling from the field in the first two games of the NBA Finals, Irving has averaged 35.0 points, 6.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 three-pointers and 2.0 steals while shooting 55.8 percent from the field over the last three contests.
The 24-year-old point guard hit the 30-point mark for the second straight game, and enjoyed his third offensively successful effort of the series overall. Irving went well over 20 shot attempts for the third time in the four contests versus the Warriors, and he's now tallied a 49 percent success rate (26-for-53) from the field in Games 3-4. He'll need to take the same initiative and provide similar production in Monday's pivotal Game 5 for the
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