GIF: Kyrie Irving’s Defensive Hustle Leads To LeBron’s Behind-The-Back Dime

12.06.14 3 years ago 2 Comments
Kyrie Irving, LeBron James

Kyrie Irving, LeBron James (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Perhaps it was the shoes? Cavs point guard — and newest Nike signature athlete — Kyrie Irving has made a point to become a better defender this season. In one electrifying sequence Friday night against the Raptors, he showed off his new-found commitment on that side of the court.

While LeBron spread the wealth, Kyrie was able to focus on trying to stop Kyle Lowry.

On this play, Kyrie sprints back to strip Lowry, but also keeps the ball in play after it scooted towards the sideline. After knocking it away from behind, Irving saves it to LeBron. James then throws a behind-the-back pass to Tristan Thompson for the dunk.

The Cavs are starting to find their stride, witness the six straight wins, which is bad news for the rest of the league. Nothing would makes us happier than if Irving turned into a lock-down perimeter defender, since it would catapult him into another stratosphere of stardom.

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