July 23, 2014

Video: Kyrie Irving’s Game-Winner in Denver

With 15 seconds remaining, Kyrie Irving went the length of the court, blew past Aaron Afflalo — a top-flight defender — and rendered Nene and Al Harrington as bystanders as the left-handed lay-in fell through the nylon. Nineteen years of age, three NBA game-winning shots.

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  • Jemcmichael

    Doesn’t Kyrie prefer to go left? What’s this announcer saying?

  • Corey

    Really wish, in situations like this, the NBA would provide the feed for, you know, the team that WON the game?

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I feel you, dawg

  • Vindictive_Pat

    He sure does.  After watching that game, I came away feeling like the Nuggets’ announcers are pretty awful and I wouldn’t like them even if I was a Denver fan.

  • 5KMD

    Awful defensive plan by the nuggets. At this point, in that situation, you HAVE to get the ball out of KI hands or double him so he doesn’t get it in the first place.

    Other than that, great play by Kyrie.

  • EyesAbove

    This Irving guy is pretty good. 

  • Dan H.

    According to Sebastian Pruiti on Grantland:

    He (Irving) has landed in this top 2 percent while still going left 63.6 percent of the time. In fact, when Irving attacks the basket from the left side, he is posting the best PPP among all NBA players, scoring 1.467 points per possession

    Obviously Denver & their announcers dont know the scouting report.

  • mgbode

    I got the Denver announcers on the NBA online deal.   They were on mute after the first couple of minutes.

  • mgbode

    I got the Denver announcers on the NBA online deal.   They were on mute after the first couple of minutes.

  • mgbode

    let the Irving to Earvin comparisons commence!

  • mgbode

    let the Irving to Earvin comparisons commence!

  • mgbode

    breaking down the whole play:

    double-team on Irving on the inbounds to start, Byron smartly had people go deep to force a single team.  still, Denver forced a pass to get Irving the ball after the inbounds. 

    Affalo did a nice job.  He cannot foul there, so he needs to stay in front without using his hands.  He does a nice job at staying on Irvings hip even after he gets by him to limit Irvings options (and help out his help defenders)

    Gallinari is “stuck” on Parker. Good spacing that doesn’t allow him to hedge without giving up a wide-open shot.  Nene is “stuck” initially underneath.  Harrington “stuck” on the other side underneath.

    Lawson’s job there though as floater was to redirect Irving.  He does a terrible job.  First, he should have been at the bottom of the circle by the time Irving hits the 3pt line.  If Irving passes off to Gee, then Harrington closes out while Nene takes his man (and who cares about weakside at that point).  Lawson could hedge in that case and even make that a tough pass.

    Once Lawson found himself out of position and too far underneath, he should have moved to his left.  Affalo still was on Irving’s hip pocket and it would have forced Kyrie to split between Lawson and Affalo taking him right into Big Al.    Instead, Irving gets to go directly at Nene who is stuck underneath to stop a lob pass and has no chance at staying with a full-speed Irving.  

    Oh, and really, Al Harrington should have given up on his man once he saw Kyrie crashing and gone to protect his side of the paint (he might have gotten a block had he done that).

    But, really, that whole defense broke down because Lawson was out of position and then compounded it by staying out of position.  Bad play by him (after some great plays down the stretch by him on the other end).

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Thanks Fred McLoud, lol.  ;-)  Great end to end drive but that defense was like the Red Sea, yikes!

    Reminds me anyone see Derrick Rose’s game winning shot verse the Bucks?  He’s easily the model for PG for a young Irving to follow.

  • Jemcmichael

    That’s the article I was thinking of when I made the original post. Someone doesn’t read their Grantland! 

  • BrownsFanSF

    Thats one of the goofy things about league pass, you get to hear everyone’s local announcers.  These guys, Boston and LA Lakers are definitely on my list of worst.  Their color commentator was downright whiney.

    As much as it pains me to say, Miami’s were actually pretty darn good.

    Ever wonder what people on other blogs say about AC hahaha