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The storyline in the 2024 NBA Finals includes Dallas Mavericks’ standout Kyrie Irving facing his former team, the Boston Celtics.

Despite Luka Doncic’s strong performance, Irving has struggled with his shooting accuracy, resulting in a remarkably low shooting percentage in the first two matchups of this series.

In Game 2, Bill Simmons, a renowned Celtics enthusiast, criticized Irving’s performance by labeling it as “dreadful,” as reported by The Ringer.

In Game 2, Irving struggled, only managing 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting, while Game 1 saw him score only 12 points on 6-of-19 shooting with two assists.

Simmons also criticized the exaggerated praise Irving received leading into the NBA Finals.

Initial claims of Irving and Luka Doncic forming the best NBA backcourt seem premature, with the Mavericks appearing reliant on a solo effort.

Boston’s defense has effectively contained both players, forcing them into challenging situations and limiting their playmaking options.

Despite Doncic’s impressive triple-double of 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists, he struggled with eight turnovers.

Dallas faces a struggle in finding a consistent third scoring option, a concern that has lingered for months.

Scoring under 100 points in both Finals games, Dallas goes into the next two matchups needing to ignite their offensive strategies.

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