But obviously I can't really control that. Really integrating myself with our team again and really focus on winning a championship. That's the only thing I'm really worried about. Until I get to that point, then I can't really answer any questions. I'm pretty sure management and I will have a talk, but that talk won't happen now.
Later, Irving added, "The focus is solely on winning a championship next year. I don't think [impending free agency will] necessarily have an effect. I'm doing my best to kind of deflect all that and focus on what's in front of us. Wearing a gray suit and T-shirt, Irving gushed about what Boston's young players accomplished in the postseason, especially playing without both Irving and Gordon Hayward.
I'd been talking about how great [the younger players] were. Some of their numbers probably didn't look as appealing to the outside-looker, but they were just -- they were always locked in. And then when they were afforded the opportunity to take the reins of the team, you saw them take full advantage of it. You saw guys that literally are going to be stars in this league for years to come.
Irving said his backup, Terry Rozier , proved he's an NBA starter but that "turns into an unbelievable dynamic" for Boston next season. He raved about Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum , then noted how Marcus Smart gave up his body and "that's the type of attitude and effort you'd love to be part of.
When he referenced Hayward, Irving smiled wide and added, "and now getting my man Gordon back -- I'm excited man. Irving didn't try to deflect when asked about James and the possibility that the Celtics could be a wild-card suitor if he opts out of the final year of his deal. Irving did note that he hasn't had any conversations with Boston's front office about James and said he appreciates the transparency of team brass as they map out their future vision.
Asked whether he'd be open to reuniting with James, Irving said, "In this business, I've experienced it all and I've seen a lot, so we'll see what management decides. Patrick was banned from the state tournament for holding practice prior to the permitted start of the winter sports season. Patrick went and won the Union County Tournament championship as he finished his senior year with Through the first eight games of the season, he averaged Irving was a strong contender for NCAA Freshman of the Year until he suffered a severe ligament injury in his right big toe during the ninth game of the season.
Irving scored 28 points in what turned out to be his last game for Duke. Irving announced that he would forgo his final three seasons of eligibility and enter the NBA draft , where he was selected with the first overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Irving scored 34 points in the game, going 8-of-8 from three-point range, and earned MVP honors. At a Las Vegas Cavaliers practice on July 14, , Irving sustained a broken right hand after reportedly slapping it against a padded wall after committing a turnover. It was just crazy. It happened so fast. He played in the Cavaliers' next game, but the injury forced him to miss three weeks of action. He became the youngest player in NBA history to score 40 points in Madison Square Garden ; he was a year younger than Michael Jordan , who did it in The coaches selected Irving to play in his first All-Star game.
He finished with 15 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. He ended his second season with averages of On February 28, , Irving recorded his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a win over the Utah Jazz. This was also the Cavaliers' first triple-double since March 16, After a shaky start to the season, in which they fell to a record of after a November 22 loss to Toronto, the Cavaliers went on an eight-game winning streak during which Irving averaged All of the new Big Three missed time during December, contributing to team's inconsistency and mediocre play.
The Cavaliers began their schedule on January 2 as they snapped a three-game losing streak with Irving's help. He scored 23 points, and with Love's 27, the Cavaliers defeated the Charlotte Hornets, He finished the game with a then season-high 38 points but could not lead the Cavaliers to a win as they lost , the team's seventh loss in nine games.
After a six-game losing streak between January 4 and January 13 dropped the Cavaliers to , Irving and James led them on a game winning streak to bring them back into contention.
During the streak, Irving averaged His 28 first-half points also set a new career high for points in a half. On March 12, , Irving scored a career-high 57 points, including a buzzer-beating three-point shot to send the Cavaliers into overtime, in a win over the San Antonio Spurs. Irving helped the Cavaliers win 34 of their final 43 games to finish the regular season as the No.
On August 27, , Irving was ruled unlikely to be ready for opening night of the —16 season due to the left kneecap fracture he suffered in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers finished the regular season as the first seed in the Eastern Conference with a 57—25 record. In the first round of the playoffs, the Cavaliers faced the eighth-seeded Detroit Pistons, and in a Game 1 win on April 17, Irving scored a playoff career-high 31 points. Irving struggled with his shot in his debut Finals game, going 7-of from the field for 26 points, as the Cavaliers were defeated —89 in Game 1.
The Cavaliers won the series 4—3 and became the first team to rally from a 3—1 finals deficit, beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors to end a year major sports championship drought in Cleveland. On October 25, , after receiving his first championship ring prior to the season opener, Irving scored a game-high 29 points in a —88 win over the New York Knicks.
In the game, the Cavaliers set the NBA regular-season record with 25 three-pointers. In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics , Irving scored a playoff career-high 42 points to lead the Cavaliers to a —99 win, taking a 3—1 lead in the series.
In July , Irving requested the Cavaliers to trade him, reportedly to be more of the focal point of his own team instead of continuing to play alongside LeBron James. In his debut for the Celtics in their season opener against the Cavaliers on October 17, , Irving had 22 points and 10 assists in a —99 loss. He had a chance to tie it with a 3-pointer at the horn but missed.
It was the Celtics' first win over the Spurs since Irving's points in his first six games as a Celtic were the most since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen each had in The Celtics had accumulated a 34—10 record by mid-January, but their loss to Orlando was their season-worst third straight defeat.
Irving led Boston with 34 points, making 13 of 18 shots overall and going 4-for-6 from 3-point range in the first three quarters. In , Irving was in contention for a position on the Australian team for the Olympics. However, he elected not to represent his nation of birth, instead focusing on selection for the United States national team for the Olympic Games. He started all nine games in the tournament, averaging Smoove , and Ray Allen.
Irving enjoys reading and has a journal. Azurie's middle name, Elizabeth, was given to her in honor of Irving's late mother. In May , Irving made a promise to his father to finish his bachelor's degree at Duke within five years.
Protesters say the pipeline violates sacred tribal land on Standing Rock Sioux tribe's reservation and poses a direct threat to clean water the tribe uses. Starting with the —17 season, Irving moved to more of a plant-based diet ,  which he also referenced in a December Nike ad. In February , Irving stated in an interview for a podcast that he believes that the Earth is flat. I really don't", and added that people should "do [their] own research for what [they] want to believe in" because "Our educational system is flawed.
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