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Every team vying for a championship needs at least one closer. We don't have Paul Pierce or Isaiah Thomas any more, but we do have Kyrie Irving, and he has been looking very good at the end of tight games.



In the NBA, Clutch Time is defined as a portion of the fourth quarter or overtime, with less than five minutes remaining, and neither team ahead by more than five points. The above tweet gives us a clear view of Irving's effectiveness with the game on the line. The numbers show he can score and deal out assists without turning the ball over, all while having an overall positive effect in a close game. That ability will come in handy in the playoff run.

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Tom Lane 11/18/2017 05:24:00 AM Edit
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