Kyrie Irving has endured plenty of speculation this season about his future in Cleveland, but very few people have ever questioned his ability with the rock in his hands.
Many 'sources' have speculated that Irving isn't enjoying his basketball in Ohio and that he still can't mesh with LeBron James and Kevin Love the way the Cleveland brass would ideally like.
While his happiness may be up for debate, his offensive talents rarely have been. However, following the 105-100 loss to the Chicago Bulls last night, Irving took a long, hard look at himself and pulled no punches with his assessment.
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"I was just real s----y with the basketball, that's all," Irving said. "Handle wasn't crisp, and Justin Holiday threw great defensive pressure at the top of the key, and their defense was extending me out almost to half court.
"For me, just coming to the bench, I just got to do a better job of leading that second unit -- especially when Bron [James] and Kevin [Love] are on the bench.
Irving continued: "It's more of a letdown for me going into that fourth quarter and knowing that we had a decent lead going into that fourth. I just got to be better with that second unit. I take responsibility for what transpired there."
It's refreshing to see such accountability and the Australian didn't shy away from the facts. The Cavs were leading when he took over the floor, and then, subsequently, they didn't win.
Cleveland still sits on top of the Eastern Conference and if the Bulls can win their remaining two games and the Pacers lose theirs, a rematch between these two franchises would ensue in the first round of the playoffs.