Since LeBron James returned to the Cavs from the Heat he’s remained the team’s best player. But thanks to their point guard Kyrie Irving for consistently stepping up when they need him most, and for showing that ability one more time in Christmas day’s win over the Warriors.
It was reminiscent of last season’s NBA finals. It didn’t look like the Cavs could win against Golden State, but LeBron James led the way with his steady leadership putting in 31 points, 13 rebounds, four assists.
But when it came to crunch time, the Cavs looked from Kyrie Irving to close the show, as he usually does.
Kyrie Irving shot 6-11 from the field. Of his 25 points, fourteen of those were scored in the final quarter. With time running down and the Cavs still trails by a point, he shot a game-winning bucket to win it. While the previous finals were mostly against Stephen Curry, this time he shot over Thompson.
LeBron James remains the best out there. His leadership lifts the team day by day, through the challenges, but in the same token, Kyrie Irving has always been there doing his thing, especially at crunch time.
Kyrie Irving vs. LeBron James on being the Alpha dog
“I’m naturally an Alpha,” Irving told ESPN. “I know I am. I know I am. I have that type of personality, but I also understood coming to this team, I couldn’t be all of what I envision myself being in terms of taking control.”
“This guy right here is just so unbelievably mentally and physically gifted that he’s had a blueprint that he believes in,” Irving said of LeBron James. “And he runs a team and believes in a team and leads a team the right way, and all I’ve done is just taken myself back, removed myself emotionally and learned from him and try to get as close as I can.”
“Because for as long as he’s playing this game, I’m going to continue to get better. So, that’s where the next point in my career is. Just I become more of a student of the game. I have a true appreciation for what he’s done as well as what our team is doing. So I don’t want to ever take it for granted.”
LeBron James has shown his full trust on Kyrie Irving, seemingly never in doubt, he’d be able to deliver when the need arises.
On Sunday’s win over the Warriors, and of Irving’s heroics, LeBron James said, “That kid is special,” according to a report from BleacherReport. “It was never in doubt. That’s what he do.”
LeBron James believes in what Kyrie Irving can do and respects him. He doesn’t see him as a threat to being the main man of the team. He’s a big reason why Irving is the player he is now, and therefore the real alpha among alphas.
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