Kyrie Irving, a star player of Cleveland Cavaliers, seemed to be very nervous as he is playing first time since 200 days. However, his nervousness sustained till the long rival provoked him. Irving was out of the game since June due to the injury of the fractured left knee cap. During the recent game, he missed the first five shots and looked very ineffective until Kendall Marshall, guard of Philadelphia 76ers, who braved Irving in the third quarter of the match.
In the match, where Cleveland won by 108-86, Marshell tried to block the Irving. Marshall missed to collect the ball as Irving went past the former with a Euro-step move. The last minutes rise of Marshall helped his team to win the match. The rivalry between Marshell and Irving dates back to many years ago when both of them played for their respective high school teams. The rivalry continued till college to club matches. During high school, Marshell played for North Corolina while Irving played for Duke.
After having a lazy beginning, Irving made five baskets of his seven shots to complete with 12 points. During this he got four points through assists and two through steals. Irving was on a tight restriction that we can play only for four minutes per quarter. However, this timing restriction was much more that needed as his team was able to defeat Sixers without much struggle. This is the 10th straight loss of Cavs and fifth straight win for Sixers. Between the game, when he was out of the court, Irving drove his stationary bike to feel relaxed. As this was his first game after his injury, he was not advised to play throughout the game. The last game he played was on April 26. In addition to Irving, the team also saw the return of another injured player – Iman Shumpert. Fans are expecting Irving to show his peak performance like how he was playing before the injury.