Kyrie rules the controversy

The point guard went to 40 points and led the victory of some Nets who closed the game with controversy and from the personal. The Knicks are without a prize.


In a world where the worst is judged before the best, it is predictable that the average fan won't know what to keep from Kyrie Irving. Perhaps with that bad head that makes him say things that are absolutely incomprehensible in the 21st century ("the Earth is flat"), defend just causes in moments of lucidity (Black Lives Matter), but destroy the dynamics of certain teams (the things of the Celtics), show the worst face of the player's empowerment and disappear without explanation (that has been this year), to be seen in the celebration of a birthday in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Anyone would think that with such acts a large dose of sporting merits is needed to compensate for a personality that is absolutely impossible to analyze, without return, and with more misunderstanding than rejection. And the reality is that it is also legal to stay with his version on the court, where Kyrie is a unique player, who makes the person forget, shows an immeasurable talent and is capable of doing things that are beyond the understanding of analysts, but also of the public, that merciless judge who points the direction of public opinion, but who does not know what to say about a man whose quality is directly proportional to his bad head.

There, in the ambiguity, is where Kyrie moves. In an unusual season, a team full of superstars has formed in Brooklyn, bringing together Kevin Durant and James Harden with the talented point guard. The big three has only played seven games in full, and although it has been James Harden who has led the way even opting for the MVP (something he continues to do), Kyrie has always maintained an optimal level, an unexpected regularity and has continued to do so. show off his unquestionable talent. And, since his mysterious disappearance in January, which neither the coaching staff, nor colleagues nor managers managed to explain, he seems in tune with the group and has concatenated a series of good games in a more or less important period of time, for the first time since that came out of the Cavaliers. He left Ohio to, according to certain environments, "escape from the shadow of LeBron", something he did not do in Boston and not last year, the first year he lived in Brooklyn, where he landed after swearing and perjuring that he would renew with the Celtics. And now, in a team that has gone from being a candidate to a favorite, it seems that it begins to emerge and show that it can write its own history. Even though it is full of shades of gray.

Before the Knicks, Kyrie has had one of those games where he has shown something again. Maybe not his reason for being, but he is here for a reason. Which could be, who knows, win another ring. His performance has been astonishing: 40 points and 7 assists with only 2 losses in 37 minutes, with a spectacular series of shots (15 of 28, 5 of 12 from the outside) and a triple in the clutch time that left the result in 112 -107 with less than a minute to finish. Two free throws by Julius Randle (poor shot, but with a great game of 19 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists) and a triple by Alex Burks (6 + 6 + 2) tied the match, but a protested foul by Reggie Bullock (21 points with 5 of 10 in triples) over Jeff Green (23 goals at the end) gave the definitive advantage to the locals, who defended Randle's desperate shot after a time-out and certified the victory. The feeling is that Bullock touches the ball and that the referees slightly favored the locals in key decisions, although this time there was no tangana, as happened on March 15, when an angry Julius Randle had to be held. That day, by the way, Kyrie scored 34 points. He's good at playing the Knicks, no question.

Tom Thibodeau did not end up particularly happy with that last foul or some other controversy, but he keeps the Knicks in the playoffs fight, which they have not achieved since 2013. They go with a record of 25-26, which would force them to play the play -in, but they have the Celtics only half a game away, while they are a game and a half ahead of the Pacers and 3.5 over the Bulls. Immanuel Quickley has been diluted and his playing minutes as well, but RJ Barret has gone to 22 points (4 of 6 on triples) against the Nets and reinforces that idea of Thibodeau of making few changes and squeezing the most of his players watching as little as possible to the bench. As a curiosity, by the way, the Knicks would play, in a normal situation (without play-in) the first round against the Nets. Steve Nash's team, which is still alive and has managed to ensure that nobody talks about him within a franchise that everyone talks about, is leading the Eastern Conference (35-16) and reinforces its position as favorite without the absence of some of its stars (after all, they have plenty of that) it shows. They have already said that they are not going to race with Durant, they have Blake Griffin (did not play) and LaMarcus Aldrige (8 + 6 + 2 in 29 minutes) integrated into the group and they look at the ring. And, with Kyrie at this level, they are favorites to win it. No doubt.

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