Kyrie Irving had himself a game against the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. He scored 25 points on 11 of 15 shooting, good for a blazing 73 percent shooting percentage from the field, including 3 of 4 from deep in a Cavs blowout victory. He passed the ball 41 times in total on Friday night, according to nba.com, with 11 of those resulting in assists and none turning into a turnover. And he did all of this in just 29 minutes on the court.
It is safe to say that we witnessed peak Kyrie Irving last night. He was devastatingly efficient on the offensive end, fell one assist short of matching his career high and his ability to create shooting space off the dribble allowed for 10 of his 15 shots to come uncontested. He is masterful at using his handles to invent space for his mid-range jumper in a matter of seconds, like when he backed down Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, faked like he was going to use a Kevin Love pick to his right, then spun back left to hit an open jumper.
Or when he drove down the lane and hit Caldwell-Pope (poor guy) with a ridiculous spin move that gave Irving a wide open layup at the rim. Irving was simply unguardable last night.
Irving's assist percentage is up, too, from 25.3 percent last season to 27 percent through 12 games so far in this year's campaign. He's even holding the players he's guarded to almost two percentage points below their average field goal percentage.
Fully healthy and feeling mighty comfortable in the Cavaliers Tyronn Lue-run offense, Irving is poised to hit his peak like he did against the Pistons on a nightly basis.