The Cavaliers’ locker room has been in disarray this year as there have been many rumors of un-happy players and no cohesion. This next drama piece comes from Kyrie’s teammates who reportedly are frustrated with him because his inability to pass and be a leader. Kyrie put up a measly one assist in the game against the Mavericks. They question how their star point guard can only put up one assist. Everyone knows that ball movement leads to championships, but with a one man Kyrie Irving show, they will not be able to survive in the playoffs.
After the game, a few players were puzzled to how their point guard managed to register just one measly assist while playing 39 minutes. They were frustrated, but the win and Irving’s huge defensive play lessened the anger.
The notion within the locker room is that the situation is tolerable, because it isn’t permanent. If the Cavaliers were dealt the misfortune of playing without James for an extended period of time, this locker room would be boiling over.
Players are growing tired of Irving’s inability to not only register a proper amount of assists at the lead guard position, but also to just move the ball.
Did Irving pass more than once? Of course, but only when he was forced to do so. At one point in the second quarter, he dribbled relentlessly for 24 seconds and went nowhere. Dallas’ Chandler Parsons stayed in front of him and let him do all that fancy dribbling in one spot. Irving ended up settling for a tough mid-range jumper that clanked off the rim.
Kyrie has been known to be an excellent ball-handler and scoring guard, but when it comes to passing he has definitely not been known to be a great one. Tyron Lue must step in and start making things work if he wants this team to be successful in the playoffs. With rumors of Kyrie wanting to leave the Cavaliers this can only hurt the Cavaliers.