When Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics, a lot of fans were glowing over his otherworldly dribbling ability and the prospect of arguably having one of the best ball-handlers, ever, playing here. While Uncle Drew has definitely pulled out all the stops this year and shown off his skill handling the ball to no end, another aspect of his game that many overlooked when the former Duke Blue Devil was moved here was his ability to hit from deep.
Having won the 2013 NBA Three-Point Shootout at the All-Star festivities down in Houston, TX that year, Kyrie's ability to shoot from beyond the arc has been established for quite some time now. This is the guy that hit one of the biggest threesin league history after all and maybe this is why we shouldn't be surprised about the fact Irving's been on an absolute tear from deep lately.
Kyrie Irving (5-8 3-PT) has now made at least four 3-point field goals in a season-best four consecutive games from Feb. 14-26
Irving is shooting 15-of-28 from deep during this current 4-game stretch.
Interestingly, Kyrie Irving said he's played it safe with his 3-point shot selection over the years. Attempting more threes than ever, he said it actually helps to conserve energy: https://t.co/0twURgcV4c
Having gone 15 for 28 from three point range over the past four games, Kyrie has gotten his percentage from outside above 40% for the season as he's now shooting at a .402 clip from there. The five-time All-Star has shot at a very-productive .386 rate from three for his career but he's still seen a steady growth in his consistency over his career from long range.
Tallying a .401 mark from beyond the arc last year, this would be first time Irving has shot above 40% in consecutive years if he can keep this up the rest of the season. Oddly enough, the first-year Celtic believes that, all while jacking up 7 deep balls a game these past four outings, his shot selection has been one of the biggest catalysts to his success.
It's a little hard to think that while putting up that volume of shots that all of them are simply "better looks" and at some point, some of the credit just has to go to his natural ability to hit shots. While he may make it look easy every other night out there, you just don't see other guys fill it up at that level that consistently. Nearing the notorious 50-40-90 club (shooting 50% from the field, 40% from deep, and 90% from the free-throw) this season with a 48.6-40.2-88.6 line, something has to be causing an improvement in his efficiency.
But for whatever is behind Uncle Drew's recent hot streak, whether it's him just being a good shooter or maybe even a little Celtic luck, it's helped the Green get off to a quick start after the break. They'll look to extend their three game winning-streak to four against the struggling Charlotte Hornets who come to town tomorrow night.