Aug 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; United States guard Kyrie Irving (10) controls the ball against Dominican Republic guard Juan Coronado (6) during the second quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving Perfect In Team USA Win over Dominican Republic

If Derrick Rose can’t answer the bell for the United States at the FIBA World Cup, Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will probably get bumped into the starting lineup.

The Duke product got a chance to start Wednesday night and responded by shooting  5-of-5  from the field for 12 points. He also doled out five assists during the United States’ 105-62 win over the Dominican Republic/

In a postgame interview, Irving was asked about what he hoped to accomplish as a starter, but the former No. 1 overall pick had to know the question was coming, because he responded with the type of answer you’d come to expect from an NBA veteran.

“Honestly, it didn’t matter if i started or not. The most important thing was coming out here and competing with my teammates…”

Irving recently made headlines when he said he’s never been a leader during his time with the Cavs. Irving’s great game may have come against the Dominican, but this outing is such a positive sign. Anthony Davis is supposed to elevate his game to another level through this tournament. Here’s hoping international play will take Irving’s game up a notch as well.

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