IN the midst of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ three-game losing streak, Kyrie Irving believes there is no reason for the defending NBA champions to “overthink” the situation.
The All-Star guard admitted in an interview with Fox Sports Ohio there have been “miscommunication and miscues going down the stretch” but is confident they will soon solve the issues.
“We just have to get better in protecting the paint and the defense making guys play in between the area outside the perimeter,” Irving said.
“You want to try and win every single game. We don’t want to drop three in a row but it’s happened. We have to figure out where we can get better. There are things we need to correct and move forward.”
The Cavs bowed 111-105 to the Chicago Bulls, the latest debacle in a losing sequence that saw the Cavs fall to the Milwaukee Bucks (118-101) and absorb a blowout loss against the Los Angeles Clippers (113-94).
Cleveland was also in a similar three-game slump last season but Irving was out with an injury while LeBron James did not play in one match. The Cavs are currently in full strength.
“We’re all competitive players. We’re winners. Going forward we just have to be better. There’s no need for controversy or any of that or us overthinking it. It’s just basketball . We go out there and just compete at a high level and do it consistently over a sustained 48-minute game.
Irving believes the Cavs are playing in “bits and pieces.” They will face the Toronto Raptors, last season’s Eastern Conference Finals opponent, on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) and will next take on an improving New York Knicks squad that has won seven of its last 10 games.
“We’re going out on a good start in the first quarter, we’re hitting guys. Sometimes a game can take a shift but with that we just have to keep playing and rely on one another.”