How long before people realize Kyrie Irving will be chasing shots harder than Russell Westbrook this season? In this situation in Cleveland, that’s actually a good thing. Cleveland needed all of him in their opening 94-84 win over Washington, and Uncle Drew was flowing. Triples. Breakdowns off the bounce. What are the odds he leads all point guards in scoring this year? They have to be pretty good… last night, he wasn’t even thinking about passing, and finished with 29 points (three off his career-high). We’re not big into the plus/minus stats, but Irving was a plus-23 in this one. When they took him out in the second half, the Wizards hit with a 14-0 run. When they put him back in, he put the kids to bed in the final minute, twice eviscerating Washington’s defense, and finding Tristan Thompson (12 points, 10 rebounds) for identical dunks under the rim. Watching him last night, it struck us just how easy he makes it look. By the end of this season, we get the feeling he’ll be headlining debates about the second-best point guard in the league … But still, halfway through the third quarter, he and Dion Waiters (17 points… and a number of great drives off high screen-n-rolls. He looks like he’ll be featured quite prominently in Ohio this year.) had combined for 24 of the team’s 53 total shots. Of course, Irving’ll NEVER catch flack for that, while out in OKC, people will try to hang Westbrook if he goes one-on-one too often … Anderson Varejao was balling, completely dominating the frontline from D.C. in every hustle category, and doing his best Wilt Chamberlain impersonation on the glass. Before the third quarter had even ended, he already had hit 20 boards (and 12 offensive rebounds), and even added seven assists as icing on the cake. By the end, Sideshow Bob was flirting with a triple-double, and finished with nine points, nine dimes and 23 boards. The dude was making more plays than anyone, and had three sick bounce passes from the high post that led to buckets … And in other NBA news, the T’Wolves announced they’ve picked up the third-year options for both Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams … We’re out like the preseason.
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