NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: Kyrie’s clutch performance has LeBron subtweeting

Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

NBA results, November 7, 2017

Boston Celtics 110 – Atlanta Hawks 107

Brooklyn Nets 98 – Phoenix Suns 92

Golden State Warriors 97 – Miami Heat 80

Three things that happened in the NBA today

1. Kyrie was so clutch…

Make it nine straight for the Boston Celtics. They travelled to Atlanta and dispatched the Hawks in their home court. This was all made possible by big shots from the Celtics’ biggest star.

Kyrie Irving scored a season high 35 points against the Hawks as he put on a show in Atlanta. Early in the game, he dazzled with his ball handling and footwork, splitting the double team in this play and finishing with the tough, tough floater.

It looked like he was toying with the Hawks defense the entire game. He followed that sequence up with a crossover on Dennis Schroder, between the legs dribble for fun and then a jumper over the John Collins who wasn’t ready for that jelly.

But all those highlights don’t mean a thing if the Celtics don’t get the W. Irving made sure that they lock up their ninth win. He hit back-to-back clutch baskets, the first was a floater against Shroder.

The second was a three-pointer from the same spot where he hit the biggest shot in Cleveland Cavaliers history.

A lot of people said, Irving couldn’t win without LeBron James. Well, he’s proving everyone who doubted him wrong. Check out the full highlights from Irving’s season high:

2. …LeBron was subtweeting

Ah. The Arthur meme. That meme expressing a person holding back in light of an infuriating circumstance never gets old.

Tonight, LeBron James put it to good use. After the Celtics won a close game over the nets, James took to Instagram and posted a screenshot (!!!) of Arthur clenching his fist.


It’s understandable that James would be upset. Irving, his former partner, leads the Celtics to the top of the NBA and closes out the Hawks. A day before, the Cavaliers lose another game against the same Hawks team.

Watch this sequence in the end game between the Cavs and Hawks. Anyone would be left clenching their fists too.

Of course, after James posts this, everyone in the NBA jumps on to the fray. First was Isaiah Thomas who’s been very vocal defending LeBron lately.

Then Damien Lillard shows that he’s “enjoying” Bron’s post.

Dwyane Wade firing up the emojis while Eric Bledsoe double taps the post.

The best response to James’ post though came from Danny Ainge’s son Crew. He posts a different Arthur, seemingly happy with today’s events.

#PettyWarz is on!

3. D-Lo emerging as the clear cut leader of the Nets

When was the last time the Brooklyn Nets had a clear cut leader? Deron Williams? KG and Pierce?

Well, the rebuilding Nets have found one in D’Angelo Russell. D-Lo was clutch as he led the Nets to a road win. One of the toughest things for a young team to do is to win a close game on the road. Russell made big plays down the stretch and proved that he’s the go-to-guy for Brooklyn.

Did an NBA jersey rip today?

No. All jerseys stayed intact today. To add to the good, Nike is taking steps to strengthen their jerseys and prevent them from ripping. In a report by ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Nike will make changes to how the in-game jerseys are made.

“We are very concerned to see any game day tear and are working to implement a solution that involves standardizing the embellishment process and enhancing the seam strength of game day jerseys. The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance and we are working with the NBA and teams to avoid this happening in the future.”

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