Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving clearly wanted to make a statement in the play-in game against his former team. Irving didn’t miss a single shot in the first half, going 9-9 and 2-2 from three-point range to help the Nets open up a 14-point halftime lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Nets closed as 8.5-point favorites per DraftKings Sportsbook and they’re well on the way to covering in the play-in game. It’s clear why some teams may have punted the final game of the regular season to avoid the possibility of playing the Nets in the first round. Currently, the Boston Celtics have the No. 2 seed and would play the winner of this game. That’s another former team for Irving, and would be a rematch of last year’s first-round playoff series. The Nets won 4-1.
Irving is up to 20 points in the first half. We’ll see what he eventually goes for when this game wraps up.