Kyrie’s Absence Hurting Cavs More Than It’s Hurting Celtics

Lebron James put on a masterful performance Tuesday night finishing with 42 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists for his 22nd career postseason triple-double but got little help from his teammates and the Cavs lost as a result.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers

As we all know Kyrie Irving was traded to the Celtics this past summer.  He averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 41 percent from behind the arc for the Celtics before he hurt his knee right before the playoffs began.  When Irving and James shared the court last year during the playoffs, the Cavaliers scored 124.9 points per 100 possessions, after Kyrie jumped ship, that number dropped to 109.8 points per 100 possessions. In 2018, James was featured in isolation plays 29 percent of the time, which was their most frequently used play.  That is a 6 percent increase for him over last year when Irving led the team in isolation plays at 32 percent.

The fact is no one gives a damn about the Cavs’ struggles, winning is what makes legends and Lebron is fully aware of this. “We have an opportunity to go back home, protect home court,” James said after the disappointing loss Tuesday, “We’re going to use these days to really dive in on what needs to be done to help our ballclub be successful. They did what they had to do, and that was protect home, and now it’s our time to try to do that as well.”

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