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NBA Finals Storyboards: Kyrie Irving

 

See below for the “NBA Finals Storyboards” of Kyrie Irving. Each and every Finals series he played has been measured, analyzed and charted below. Irving may not yet have the legendary stature of a Kobe or Bird, but he already has cemented an elite Finals legacy. His play in 2016 led to Cleveland’s historic and seismic NBA Finals win over Golden State. Although the Cavs did not follow-up with success in 2017, Kyrie posted even better scoring figures. He clearly steps up on the sport’s biggest stage.

These “storyboards” were incredibly FUN for me to assemble, as I learned so much about the players and the teams involved in basketball’s biggest stage. I hope you enjoy reading them! For any questions or comments, tweet me @NBAStatsLab for some fun banter.¬†View from top-to-bottom to see each of his Finals performances in chronological order.

NOTE: I’ve graded each Finals series by calculating the player’s “RINGscore” value. Factoring into this calculation include a player’s box score performance, win/loss result, # of games played, the difficulty of competition, # of times player led a game in stats, the player’s statistical rank over his peers, high-game outputs, and more!

 

On to the stats and stories of the player who hit maybe the greatest single shot in NBA Finals history…

 

1) Kyrie Irving – 2016 NBA Finals – CLE vs GSW

Click to enlarge Kyrie’s 2016 NBA Finals Storyboard. His scoring erupted in Games 5, 6 and 7 to help lead the Cavs back from a 3-1 series deficit. Irving then sealed his place in NBA lore by hitting perhaps the single greatest Finals shot ever, nailing a 3-pointer that pushed Cleveland into the winner’s circle. What a moment, what a series!

 

2) Kyrie Irving – 2017 NBA Finals – CLE vs GSW

Click to enlarge Kyrie’s 2017 NBA Finals Storyboard. Despite putting up even better “per game” averages than the year prior, Irving’s Cavaliers lost this series. However, he showcased yet again his elite scoring ability on the brightest stage.

 

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