Former Duke Blue Devil Kyrie Irving has been on the national stage since 2011. We’ve all seen him do amazing things. If you never saw this bit of video, take a look and remember: he was a still-young guard shredding the best players in the world.
So was what Irving did to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.
On a night when the Celtics could have easily won, a night when the great LeBron James picked up four first-half fouls for the first time in his NBA playoff career, Irving took over and stole the show.
He finished with 42 points including a 21 point third quarter. He even shook off what appeared to be a nasty injury.
After a while you got a feeling that you were seeing something historic.
For a night, Irving, who is as good as any guard in the league today, was as good as any guard who has ever played the game. That was a game that would have pleased any of the greats.
It certainly pleased James who said this after the game: "(Irving) took command. In the second half, he commanded us to be better."
High praise from King James - but well earned.