After breaking ankles, helping his team win two games and staging a ferocious, yet short-coming, comeback against the Miami Heat on Saturday, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the first time in the 2013-14 campaign according to cavs.com. After receiving the second-most votes, behind Heat shooting guard Dwayne Wade, in the first balloting results for the Eastern Conference All-Star squad, Irving collected another accolade with his performances over three games this past week. Irving received 365,712 votes compared to Wade’s 396,729 and was ahead of notable early snub Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (124,851 votes) in the All-Star balloting.
Over three games against the New York Knicks at home and the Orlando Magic and Heat on the road, Irving averaged 29 points, 6.3 assists, 2.3 steals and only turned the ball over two times per game compared to his season average of 3.1 TPG. Irving shot 50.8 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from beyond the arc and 93.3 percent from the free throw line. Kyrie logged his best game against the New York Knicks–a team he’s been known to have success on the court against–with a 37-point and 11-assist performance (also his first third double-double of the season), while shooting 60.9 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from three.
On the season, Irving is currently averaging 20.9 points, 5.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals, while shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from three and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. His shooting percentages thus far are all career-lows, so it was nice to see Kyrie work his handles and regain his shooting stroke. The confidence he built up against the Knicks seemed to carry him through the rest of the week, as the Cavaliers finished 2-1 in week 7 and put up a valiant effort against the defending champs on the road.
The Cavaliers will face Western Conference Player of the Week LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trial Blazers this Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.