After their tough loss against the Miami Heat off a Bam Adebayo game-winner, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving believes he could’ve done more to lead his team to victory.
Irving uncharacteristically failed to perform in the clutch on Sunday, missing his final three shots. And from his point of view, the Heat took this as an opportunity to snag the win away from the Nets (via Brian Lewis of the New York Post).
“I was trying to create some separation toward the end of the game. I didn’t come up with it, and they capitalized on it. So they definitely took advantage of the spots where we either took long shots or we missed a shot and they caught us in transition and got some easy looks.”
Irving finished with 20 points on 6-of-19n shooting. He added four rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and two blocks in a gallant stand minus James Harden and Kevin Durant playing only four minutes due to a left thigh contusion. Still, Irving took full responsibility for the 109-107 loss.
“There was definitely some preventable plays out there that I feel like just could’ve been better, including myself down the stretch when they came to double.”
The Nets’ last basket came in the 3:31 minute mark of the fourth quarter via Irving’s two free throws. The Heat went on an 8-0 run while the Nets bricked their five shots.
It was a tough loss for Kyrie Irving and the Nets without a doubt, but they still look good record-wise. But with the NBA Playoffs just around the corner, it would be interesting to see how they will tweak their strategies.