Originally posted on Stepien Rules  |  Last updated 12/21/11

I can watch Kyrie Irving play basketball for ten straight hours and not be bored.  That was my biggest takeaway after last night's Cavs / Pistons Preseason rematch to end the preseason.  

Irving is the type of good player that the casual fan, or maybe somebody who doesn't even watch basketball all that much, just knows is good from watching him for a few minutes. He's sort of improving at warp speed too in this condensed preseason; he followed the 5 TO's he had on Friday night with a 0 TO performance last night.

Irving also had the chance to play with Omri Casspi for the first time on Tuesday down at the Q, and those two guys looked both comfortable and effective running the floor together already. Two of Kyrie Irving's three assists for the game were successfully converted by Casspi, and I asked him about running with the newly acquired SF for the Cavaliers afterwards.

Here's that video, my question is second.  I transcribed it below too.


Stepien Rules: Can you talk about playing with Omri today in some live game action?  You linked up with him a couple times on the fast break. Can you just talk about playing with Omri, and looking for him to finish when you're running the break?

KYRIE IRVING: I'm really glad that we finally got Omri out there. It was really exciting to see him out there, especially the way he played. He shot really well from the field tonight. He was running the court, I just told him that if he ran the court I'm going to get it to him. I love to run. Like you said, we had a few connections on the fast break, so I'm looking for that more and I'm just going to continue to push the pace. But Omri's a great player and I'm really looking forward to playing with him. 

Omri finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist in just over 30 minutes.  He did have a turnover late triggering that inbounds pass, but Byron Scott said afterwards that he [Byron] was glad that happened.  He called it a learning experience for his young group on that situational preseason play.  Kyrie finished with 11 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds.  It's more than the numbers though, the kid is real smooth.

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