Keep in mind when Kyrie Irving was considered because the lacking piece in Dallas?
Properly, that went away shortly, however apparently, the group doesn’t assume it’s his personal doing, even because it entered Sunday at 36-38 in a tie for tenth within the Western Convention standings, sitting in eleventh place as a consequence of a tiebreaker.
The Mavericks, who have been 6-8 in video games wherein Irving has performed coming into Sunday’s recreation towards the Hornets, have praised Irving for “his professionalism and locker room presence,” according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Dallas acquired Irving from the Nets days earlier than the NBA commerce deadline after the guard requested a commerce out of Brooklyn.
Markieff Morris additionally went to the Mavericks whereas the Nets obtained Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith and draft picks, together with a future first-rounder.
The report got here after the Mavericks blew what felt like a must-win recreation towards the tanking, 24-win Charlotte Hornets on their residence flooring.
Together with Irving, head coach Jason Kidd and star Luka Doncic voiced their discontent following the embarrassing 117-109 loss, which included a 69-55 halftime deficit.
“[We] most likely ought to have been booed within the first quarter, simply the trouble within the play,” Kidd said Friday night. “They’ve a proper [to boo]. They paid to see a greater present. It wasn’t there till the second half. We will’t come out like that, particularly this time of the 12 months.”
The frustration doesn’t seem like between the on-court partnership with Doncic and Irving, nevertheless.
The Mavericks had one other crack on the Hornets Sunday — they trailed by 14 after the primary quarter — which begins a five-game street journey, together with matchups with the probably playoff-bound Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Warmth.
Irving can be somewhat famously within the final 12 months of a four-year, $136 million deal initially signed with the Nets in the summertime of 2019.
Irving, who simply turned 31 years previous, will turn into an unrestricted free agent following the conclusion of his twelfth NBA season.