Spectacular Debut: Kyrie Irving Shines on Dallas Mavericks’ Win Against ClippersFebruary 9, 2023
Kyrie Irving made an unforgettable first impression on his Dallas Mavericks debut. The star point guard lit up the court, scoring 24 points and delivering a spectacular performance that helped the Mavericks secure a 110-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kyrie meshed well with his new teammates just three days after being traded from the Brooklyn Nets. He was part of a 13-0 run early in the game and scored eight points on a jumper and back-to-back three-pointers. With Luka Doncic cheering on the sidelines, Irving’s performance was a major highlight of the night.
“It felt good to get this debut out of the way,” Irving said. “It’s just been a long 96 hours, barely any sleep sometimes. It’s the first time I ever got traded in the middle of the season, so it was new for me, but I’m excited that I’m here.”
Doncic, who is still recovering from injury, had just one word to describe Irving’s performance: “Amazing.” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd echoed that sentiment, saying, “He makes things look easy. The comfort level he feels with us, you could see it in the game. He is at peace with his basketball game.”
Kyrie’s arrival in Dallas has been highly anticipated and it’s clear that he has the potential to be a major contributor for the Mavericks. With the playoffs just around the corner, Irving’s skills and leadership will be crucial for the team’s success.
In addition to his impressive performance on the court, Kyrie also shared his thoughts on the recent trade that brought his former teammate Kevin Durant to the Phoenix Suns. “I’m just praying for his happiness, praying for his well-being,” Irving said. “We had a lot of conversations throughout the year of what our futures were going to look like.”
Kyrie and Durant’s paths will likely cross more frequently now that they’re in the same conference, and Kyrie welcomes the competition. “I just love the competition now that we can be in the same conference, and I welcome all that,” he said. “Get to see him a little bit more, probably playing against Phoenix a lot more, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
Kyrie Irving’s first game with the Mavericks was just a glimpse of what’s to come. The star point guard’s presence and leadership will be a major asset for the team as they head into the playoffs.