The Brooklyn Nets are getting their first taste of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant on the floor together, with Irving off to a hot start. While putting together an impressive first half, Irving shot from Stephen Curry range to extend Brooklyn’s lead before the end of the second quarter.
Kyrie Irving from WAY downtown! He's got 24 points in the first half on 9-of-13 shooting 🔥🔥pic.twitter.com/ydvnsdlYcg
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From the moment the game tipped off, Irving made his presence felt against the Golden State Warriors. Heading into halftime, Irving had a game-leading 24 points, along with two rebounds and one assist fort the Nets.
What’s most impressive with Kyrie Irving’s first-half performance was that he shot nine of 13 from the floor, including four 3-pointers. Of course, shooting from outside is something that Stephen Curry excels at, but the Nets star guard is also a remarkable shooter in his own right.
Curry has become a player over the years that defenses have to guard once he comes near halfcourt due to his shooting ability. On the other hand, Irving is proving to be an impossible player to guard when he gets into a rhythm.
Irving is making his return this season after playing in only 20 games with the Nets in 2019-20 due to a shoulder ailment. Throughout his nine-year career, Irving has shot an efficient 39.0 percent from 3-point range.
Altogether, he’s had four seasons where he has finished with 40 percent or better from outside. However, Irving is also a lethal offensive player that can attack a defense in a variety of ways.
When Irving is healthy, he’s one of the premier offensive players in the NBA, and he showed just that on Tuesday. While he boasts the best ball-handling skills in the league, he’s proving that he also can hit from long distance when he’s feeling it on the offensive end.