Back-to-back losses and a cratered-out protection hadn’t dimmed Kyrie Irving’s confidence, taking to social media saying he wasn’t anxious and the followers shouldn’t be both.
Irving penned an Instagram publish alluding to Brooklyn’s lofty targets, presumably the NBA Finals — or higher.
“Don’t trip. It’s a long journey. We will be on that stage. The stage where the best of the best meet. … You know. The main stage. Where those who can, do. And those who cannot talk about those that are doing,” Irving posted. “If you rolling with us, great. Let’s rock. If you’re not, you know you wanna talk about our greatness anyway.”
Kevin Durant chimed in, commenting on the publish, “Speak on it king!!”
Irving proceeded to attain 28 factors, together with 18 within the fourth quarter, to guide the Nets to a 128-124 win over the Heat on Saturday night time. Then he addressed the IG publish.
“I give people [something] to talk about everyday. It comes with the business, and living a very public life as an athlete or an entertainer, I know we have supporters and we have a lot of doubters,” Irving stated. “So being on this stage, it’s the principal stage, however you realize the primary stage I’m speaking about. We’re simply placing it out as a aim of ours that we got here collectively and this group, we’re centered on that. That’s it.
“It’s funny too, because I’m glad it’s a weekend, so you don’t get to see all the same TV shows that do all the talking during the week, so during the weekend, it was my time to be the media, and you got a statement, so I’m grateful it was read with just a balanced sentiment because I’m rocking with everybody in that locker room, and I know it’s the same for me. So we’ll see down the line.”
Joe Harris’ two lowest scoring video games of the season — six factors and eight factors — got here within the two losses in Cleveland after Irving’s return. He rebounded with 23 factors on Saturday, and hit a career excessive tying seven 3-pointers to bust open Miami’s zone defenses.
“I think sometimes it just happens in the flow of the game. A lot of my shots were early on where they were playing zone, guys were getting into the gaps. We struggled against the zone against Cleveland and it was noticeably better tonight where we were denting it, getting in the paint, making simple plays where it’s a lot kickouts that allowed me to get a lot of room and looks early on,” stated Harris, who hit two 3s within the first 51 seconds and 4 within the first seven minutes.
“I think it’s just overall flow of the game. The initial sets are typically not drawn up for me but the ball is moving, guys are playing with pace, getting down hill and like I mentioned when you’re able to get downhill into the paint it allows for a lot of room and rhythm looks for me.”