Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 1/30/12
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Just a few days after losing to New Jersey at home, the Cavaliers were all smiles at the teams practice facility Monday. Thats because the Cavs followed the Nets loss with a thrilling victory in Boston two nights later. It included a 12-0 run to close the game and a driving layup by rookie guard Kyrie Irving to win it. The shot made all the highlight reels and Irving made most of the headlines. So its no surprise Irving cracked a few jokes at the expense of his coach -- namely, suggesting hed score 40 if he ever got the chance to go up against Byron Scott when Scott was in his prime with those Magic Johnson-led L.A. Lakers teams of the 1980s. Of course, Scott brushed off the prediction by saying that the rules were different back then. The rules back then, Scott reminded, allowed defenders to beat on their opponents a little more. It was all in good fun, and while the Cavs enjoyed their brief time in the national spotlight, Irving and Scott admitted it was back to business as usual. Such is life for a team that followed perhaps its most disappointing loss of the season with its biggest win. Basically, there is no time to get too down in defeat, or too caught up in the things you do well. In this lockout-shortened season, there is always another game. And it wouldnt be surprising if this is how it goes all year for the Cavs. They will likely lose some games they should win, and win others theyre supposed to lose. No two games demonstrate that theory better than their previous two -- and it makes sense. Thats often how it goes when your best player is 19 years old and 19 games into his professional career. But what most fans seem to be overlooking in these days of trade rumors, draft speculation and the constant craving to know whats next, is that Irving seems to be better than anyone ever imagined. Everyone, that is, except for maybe Scott and Cavs GM Chris Grant. Clearly, the team did its homework on the kid -- with several GMs from around the league telling FOX Sports Ohio on Monday that had Cavs fans seen Irving play in high school, they would have been considerably more ecstatic when the team made him the No. 1 overall draft pick. Instead, he was looked at as just the lowest risk in a fairly risky (and weak) draft. But anyone who has seen Irving play understands that he is extremely skilled with a thorough understanding of the point guard position. He can go one-on-one and take over if he has to, but as Cavs radio analyst Jim Chones pointed out, its not something Irving is inclined to do. In fact, his preference seems to be getting others involved first -- a characteristic owned by greats such as Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Tony Parker. Chones defined Irvings style as probing, or looking at all his options when he brings the ball down the floor and sets up the offense. If nothing is there, he has the ability to take it himself. The result has helped keep the Cavs close to .500, with an 8-11 record entering Tuesdays rematch with Boston at Quicken Loans Arena. Irvings start is better than those of all others whom the Cavs selected with the No. 1 overall pick. That list consists of LeBron James (4-15 through his first 19 games), Brady Daugherty (7-12) and Austin Carr (5-14). Whats it mean? Probably nothing. Except that the Cavs very well could have a lot of days like Monday in their future, days where things look good and real hope appears to be on the horizon. Cavs Notes Shooting guards Anthony Parker (back) and Daniel Gibson (neck) are out for Tuesdays game, Scott said. He did not say who would start in their place, although it appears backup small forward Alonzo Gee is a candidate. Gibson remained in a Boston hospital Monday night for treatment to what the team called a "soft tissue infection" in his neck. He was taking antibiotics. According to STATS LLC, Irving became the third-youngest player to hit a game-winner since the 2002-03 season. He was 19 years and 312 days old in Sundays victory. Sundays win was the Cavs first of the season over a team with a record of .500 or better. They are 1-8 in those games. The Cavs surrendered just two fast-break points vs. the Celtics and are giving up just 9.8 per game, second-best in the league. Irving leads all rookies in scoring at 17.9 points per game.
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