Kyrie Irving makes Orlando Magic’s bad day worse
Good offense can beat any great defensive scheme or any defensive player. How are you supposed to defend a guard who can run straight into a big man and double-
clutch a layup over him or spin-off a defender and drain a fadeaway jumper? What are you supposed to do with that?
When a player like Kyrie Irving is in his bag and pulling up every shot you can think of and finishing over and around any kind of defense the team throws at him, all anyone can do is sit back and marvel.
That does not make eating a 60-point effort from Irving — or any player — any easier. That will sit in the Magic’s craw, the same way Joel Embiid’s 50-point explosion a month ago does
as a sign of just how much work the team has to do and how far the team has to go. It just left everyone’s jaws on the ground.
“Kyrie Irving. At the end of the day, that’s what it was,” coach Jamahl Mosley said after Tuesday’s game. “He was comfortable on the floor. He’s a great basketball player.
And that’s what he did tonight and he showed it. You’ve got to tip your hat to him. Tip your hat to the team and what they’ve done. he’s a special player and that’s why he is who he is.”
Sometimes all you can do is throw your hands up. But this is a potentially major setback — like the loss to the Memphis Grizzlies a few weeks ago — for a team that is trying to build its defensive identity.
It is a reminder that while Orlando’s defense has improved, it can still be broken.