Kyrie Irving admits to changing Mike Brown’s plays

Coach Brown was calling for Andy to come set a screen and I really don t need that screen at the top of the key against J.J. Barea, no offense. Especially at the end of the game, I want to take it upon myself to be aggressive in that moment. At the top of the key, everybody’s flat, it’s my chance to kind of go to work.

— Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving following Monday night’s 83-82 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Irving finished the game with 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but also committed nine turnovers, six of which were in the second half as the Cavaliers squandered a 23-point lead.

[Related: Cavaliers and Wolves: Beyond the Box Score]

(Source: Jason Lloyd, ABJ)

  • Harv 21

    This might be a NBA first.

  • Bourn, Michael Bourn

    I don’t mind either shot by Kyrie at the end of the game. Barea is 5 inches shorter than Irving and I would take that ISO matchup all game. He’s just got to do a better job of finishing.

  • Fern

    Really trying to stir something up with that headline, eh?

  • I mostly agree. I don’t mind the call of bringing Andy to screen, as it would give Kyrie a couple options, but yeah, it ultimately falls on Kyrie to get the job done. So if he would prefer to waive off the screen, I have no problem with it.

  • Clown Baby

    Good for him. Those screens are playing right into the defense’s hands. Andy comes over to screen and the both defenders jump Kyrie, effectively taking the ball out of his hands. I mean really, if the other team had the choice of defending Kyrie 1-1 or leaving Andy open for an uncontested 3 which way are they going? Brown needs to dig a little deeper offensively than a high screen with Andy while 3 other people stand around watching.

  • Jeremy Campbell

    This shows me what most Cavs fans have always known about Mike Brown. Or what the players think of Mike Brown. They don’t think they have to listen to him. My brain always goes back to a Finals game where Mike Brown said to LeBron in a huddle, “Do whatever you want to do.”

  • MrCleaveland

    Brown and Irving both being seemingly reasonable people, I’m sure they can work this out. I’m glad Kyrie got this out there. He’s the one who has to pull the trigger, so he’s probably in a better position to know how he can best get it done.

    Brown will have to listen to his players or risk losing them.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I wonder what LeBron James would have to say.

  • mgbode

    yes, this is really evident that they don’t listen to him in how they are playing defense. no, I think they are just magically this much better at defense on their own.

  • Steve

    It wouldn’t be Andy hanging out at the free throw line if he remained unguarded or even on a switch. He’s excellent at crashing the rim. It would have been an easy two points if Irving got doubled but was willing to pass the ball.

  • Steve

    Or Brown can point out that fourth quarters like last night happen specifically because the team is tuning out his coaching, and if the players can’t get that, well, things we’re going to work out in the long run anyway.

  • Steve

    *three-point line, but he wouldn’t be waiting at the free throw line either. There would be an unguarded guy crashing the rim. That has been a staple of Brown’s offense for years. Use his star off a screen to draw the defense’s attention and beat the defensive’s teams rotation.

  • BenRM

    Isn’t this the equivalent of a QB calling an audible? If you see something is amiss and you can exploit it, you should do so. You don’t run over to the coach and ask, “Is this okay, dad?” because the moment will be lost. This should expected from a 3rd year player and the leader of your team.

    I’m certain LeBron, Kobe, and Chris Paul do the same things. KI just needs to finish.

  • Clown Baby

    Problem is, this isn’t a 6-8 LBJ that is getting doubled by the opposing team’s 4. It’s our PG getting trapped by someone much taller. This is leading to Kyrie dribbling around trying to avoid the trap and is the extent of our offense. It’s not a coincidence his turnovers are up and his production is down.

  • Steve

    If Kyrie can’t recognize the double coming and make a quick pass, its a skill he has to learn. That’s not an exceptionally rare trait in NBA PGs. Kyrie can score, but I do have to say his court recognition could use some help.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    To add to this, he is notoriously good at splitting the double team with his ridiculous handle if they don’t position themselves perfectly.

  • Steve

    Absolutely agree.

    Kyrie dribbling himself into trouble is on him. He’s good enough to beat the defense when they trap him.

  • Guest216

    9 turnovers? Really? No offense, but that’s not winning.