Kyrie Irving says “There’s No Defense” Being Played in the NBA

Kyrie Irving says “There’s No Defense” Being Played in the NBA

No defense? No shit!

With teams dropping extraordinary totals each and every night, it’s not hard to see why. Teams just aren’t playing defense.

And Kyrie Irving agrees:



Irving, who has known to say some bizarre statements in his past, actually hit the nail on the head here. It’s reminiscent of comments Dwayne Wade made earlier in the year, when he said that the “NBA used to be more of a thinking mans game.”

It’s looking like All-Star weekend every night right now. Do we have the Warriors and Rockets potent offensive styles to blame? Definately.

Because the style of play is becoming even more prevalent in high school games around the nation.

I’ve even spoken to junior coaches personally, who claim that it’s impossible to teach the fundamentals now, because all kids want to do is jack up threes and take shots from half court.

Good one, Steph and James.

Way to ruin the game of basketball.

The Milwaukee Bucks currently lead the NBA in scoring at 121.1 points a night — Golden State led the way last season at 113.5 — with players dropping 40 or more points in a game 22 times so far this season.


Per the Boston Globe:

“I think not a lot of defense is being played,” he said prior to the game. “Teams are scoring like it’s the 1960s or ’70s. It’s 132 to 112, 142 to 121. There’s no defense. There’s just none. We got into a Utah-Boston game and it’s [98-86] and you can see the difference in effort in every single night, which I get from an NBA player’s standpoint, the amount of games we play, but sometimes you have to make guys miss.

“We’re all NBA players and if you see an open look at the rim, I’m pretty sure we’re going to knock it down over 50 percent of the time if it’s wide open. More or less no defense and effort. That’s what it comes down to; nobody should be scoring that many points.”

Irving was adamant about crediting the skill of the offensive players but he said defense have to react accordingly.

“You have to give credit to the offensive players for making the shots but also I think the emphasis on making double-teaming and just getting the ball out of someone’s hands,” he said. “Just doing the little things to help your teammates guard a great player or a great team, just a total team effort and team collective activity to kind of limit those high scoring games.”



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