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Kyrie Irving after Game 4 loss: “Don’t panic”

Following a tough loss in Game 4 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kyrie Irving delivered a message of composure and resilience to his teammates, urging them not to panic despite the setback.

Despite a valiant effort from the Mavericks, led by P.J. Washington Jr.’s 21 points and Luka Doncic’s triple-double, the Thunder’s efficiency from the free-throw line ultimately made the difference.

Irving, who had a tough game with 9 points and 9 rebounds, emphasized the importance of remaining poised and focused.

“Don’t panic and just stay poised,” he said when asked about his message to his teammate following the defeat. “It’s not time to have irrational emotions towards a game like tonight just because we know how we played, we were honest with each other and we had the game pretty much in our hands and in control.

“And then down the stretch we just didn’t make enough of clutch plays and there were a few offensive rebounds, there were a few open threes and Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander] got going as well, he hit a lot of tough twos. I had five fouls. There was a few times I got matched up at the end where I should have done a better job of just forcing them to help and just sticking to the game plan.

“So, yeah, you’re absolutely right. As one of the leader of the team, it’s definitely a part of my responsibility to take my accountability, my responsibility for what I did and how I can improve moving forward.”

The loss in Game 4 served as a reminder of the importance of attention to detail and execution in clutch moments, with Irving highlighting the significance of free-throws, offensive rebounds, and 50-50 plays.

“In terms of how our team played, I feel like we played well enough to get the W tonight in majority of the game,” Irving continued. “But we just didn’t finish the job and the little things matter. Free-throws and offensive rebounds and those 50-50 basketball we saw when they beat us in OKC what that looked like. Tonight was one of those times where it got down to the end of the game and we just couldn’t get over the hump.”

With the series tied at 2-2, Irving’s message resonates with the Mavericks as they prepare for a crucial Game 5, knowing that maintaining composure and executing their game plan will be key to securing victory.

Irving has a wealth of playoff experience, including erasing a 1-3 Finals deficit against the Golden State Warriors when he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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