With a refocused Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to add to their recent success. A visit from the Charlotte Bobcats could also help in that attempt.
The Cavaliers will try to earn their sixth win in nine games and fifth in their last six at home Wednesday night against the struggling Bobcats.
After averaging 35.7 points and shooting 61.2 percent over a three-game stretch late last month, Irving was held to 14 points in back-to-back games. The All-Star guard admitted after the latter of those contests, a 117-99 loss at Detroit on Friday, that he "got disinterested" and let the game get away from him. He then promised to change that quickly.
Irving lived up to that vow Saturday against one of the best teams in the Western Conference, Oklahoma City. He scored 13 of his 35 points in the final 2:52 and made his final five shots in a 115-110 win.
"It's my responsibility as a leader of this team to do this every single night," Irving said. "It has to come from within."