MINNEAPOLIS: Neither Mike Brown nor Kyrie Irving seem concerned about Irving’s shooting struggles. He entered Wednesday’s game shooting 37.7, ranking 114th in the league among qualified players and 22nd among point guards.
Of course, two of the five point guards below him are Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose, a pair of All-Stars coming off significant injuries.
“I’m OK with it. It’s just the beginning of the season, trying to get some rust out,” Irving said. “Just getting used to the defensive pressure and different looks I’m getting thrown at me. It’s been a different start to my third season, but I’m OK with that.”
Brown still believes a lot of Irving’s shooting problems are directly tied to the effort he is expending on the defensive side.
“He can shoot the ball, we’ve seen him shoot the ball in practice,” Brown said. “The [numbers] will go up. But those grind-it-out games, playoff games, a lot of times your shooting percentage isn’t high. If you play playoff-type teams, your shooting percentage may not be high because they grab you, hold you, push you and bump you. That could affect you a little bit.”
College hoops fans
Matthew Dellavedova set an alarm to wake up at 3 a.m. while the Cavs were in Chicago so he could watch St. Mary’s 85-63 win over the University of Akron.
Sergey Karasev is a college basketball fanatic and watched the game with Dellavedova.
Karasev watched quite a bit of the 24-hour basketball marathon, he said, while Irving tuned in for Duke’s loss to Kansas.
Like the rest of the country, he was impressed by freshman Jabari Parker.
“He’s NBA-ready,” Irving said.
The Cavs entered Wednesday with at least 10 blocks in consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 5-6, 2008. They already have three games with at least 10 blocks this season. … Tristan Thompson averaged 15.3 points and 13 rebounds in his past three games. … Irving’s 7.5 assists rank eighth in the league.
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