Kyrie Irving is an absolute wizard with the basketball, and he might very well have the best handles the league has ever seen. He put them on full display against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night at Philips Arena. With just over two minutes remaining in the opening quarter, Uncle Drew got loose in the open court against a pair of Hawks defenders, then proceeded to dribble between his legs with one hand, faking out both of them and finishing at the rim with an acrobatic layup.
It was a dazzling display of ball-handling that has become standard operating procedure for the Cavs’ All-Star point guard who helped lead a dominate first-half charge that ended with Cleveland scoring a whopping 77 points and taking a 17-point lead into the break.
Irving put up 22 points in the opening quarters on a blistering 10-of-12 from the field, to go along with four assists and a pair of steals. LeBron James added 23 points, seven rebounds, and five assists on 9-of-14 shooting. Irving continues to prove that he can harbor the wildest ideas about commonly-held scientific facts so long as he keep tearing up his opponents on the basketball court each and every night of the week.