With his black protective mask and 41-point outing, Kyrie Irving looked like some sort of superhero, a Batman with a basketball.
Irving's mostly-one-man show wasn't quite enough to rescue the Cavaliers in Gotham City (well, New York) as the end result was a 103-102 loss to the Knicks.
But in Cleveland, Irving has an opportunity to be everything sports fans are seeking in the long-term. They're seeking someone upon whom they can rely, someone to save the city from its recent run of sports mediocrity.
These days in Cleveland, "wait until next year" no longer means challenging for a championship (or even a playoff spot). It's more like dreaming of maybe a .500 record.
The Cavs are probably Cleveland's best sports hope, with their many assets, bevy of draft picks and promising young talent. And Irving is their Dark Knight in shining armor.
He has played the equivalent of about one NBA season, but already looks like the best ballhandler in a league teeming with them.
He's just 20-...