You can just see the evolution of where the shoe is going

Plumlee notched a career-high with 27 points against Sacramento last Tuesday and clearly is taking his game to the next level, averaging 12.6 PPG, 8.4 RPG and 3.8 APG in his past five games. Kanter went for 20 points in each of his past two games and averaged 7.2 rebounds in his past five games. Zeller is a double-double threat who quietly is averaging 1.1 steals per game on the season and career highs in minutes (26.2), points (11) and rebounds (6.4).

Those who suffered the biggest fall in the rankings include Steven Adams (79), Victor Oladipo (83), Kent Bazemore (123) and Rodney Hood (124).

“You can just see the evolution of where the shoe is going,” Irving says. “Also the bottom, it almost looks like an alien face at the bottom, but these are two pods that are tailor-fitted for me and the weird angles when I’m crossing over or I’m kind of low to the ground. Then, the consistent inconsistencies in the traction at the bottom: It’s going in multidirections, which is kind of like my game. We’re changing from the 1 to the 2 to the 3. It’s subtle, but also maintaining the integrity of the shoe, which is it being tailor-fitted for my game.”

Irving hit the biggest shot of his life, the biggest shot in Cavs’ franchise history and one of the biggest shots in league history in the Kyrie 2s, rising up over the two-time MVP Curry to sink a 3-pointer that clinched the title for Cleveland in Game 7.

“It’s not as easy as it sounds. It’s really hard. But I really believe that the journey is the reward. There’s beauty in the struggle, sometimes ugliness in the success. My favorite rapper said that, J. Cole. It’s just a testament to being OK with what life throws at you no matter what.

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