Kyrie Irving dominated Rajon Rondo on Tuesday night (Jan. 22), scoring 40 points and leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 95-90 win over the Boston Celtics. Irving shot 16-for-24 from the field, 7-for-7 from the line and played in just 38 minutes on the night. His effort was exactly what the Cavaliers needed and they proceeded to knock off a Celtics team that didn't know what hit them.
Fantasy basketball owners are ecstatic when it comes to the level or production from Irving and Tuesday's game was just another example of how he has entered the discussion of elite point guards in the NBA. On the season Irving is now averaging 23.7 points, 5.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.75 steals per game. Those numbers should be good enough to make him a member of the 2013 Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Though the 11-32 Cavaliers have a long way to becoming respectable in the East again, having a point guard as good as Kyrie Irving is a huge step in the right direction. That he was able to pour in 40 points against Rajon Rondo is pretty telling, especially when the Boston Celtics are heralded as one of the better defensive teams in the league.
Fantasy basketball owners won't sleep on Irving during drafts next season as he has proven that he might be a first round pick now. Next up for the Cavaliers is a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday (Jan. 25).
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