While this post is focused on Kyrie Irving and his heroics in Game 5 last night, we must first acknowledge the performance of LeBron James. His 41 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks, and three steals were historically great; he’s the first player to do that in the Finals since Magic Johnson.
Let’s get to Irving. After a fairly pedestrian first four games of the Finals as a whole, Kyrie went off for 41 points in Game 5 as well while dishing out six assists and grabbing three rebounds.
Out of the 24 shots that Kyrie took, he made 17, including 5-of-7 from three-point range. Together, those numbers gave Irving an outstanding effective field goal percentage for the night.
Effective FG% takes into account the added value of making a 3-pointer to a 2-pointer, adjusting the percentage for somebody who excels from outside. Irving’s proficiency within and outside of the arc was just ridiculous last evening.
Kyrie had an effective FG% of 80.4%. Per @BenAlamarESPN, his shot quality was so tough that an avg player would shoot 45.5% on same shots.
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) June 14, 2016
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