Kyrie Irving played for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke and will play for him again at the Olympics this summer.
During a conversation on Monday in New York, Coach K said the following to Irving:
"The playoffs, you were really the best guard in the league. Did you feel that when you walked out on the court and could back it up at that time?"
"I felt it and I knew it," Irving answered. "I started to believe it. And once that happened, then everything really started to make sense -- the countless hours in the gym, the countless hours of studying, and really just educating myself on being better -- it all started to come to fruition."
Over 21 playoff games, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft averaged 25.2 points and 4.7 assists while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 44 percent from deep.
In the NBA Finals, he averaged 27.1 points and made 46.8 percent of his shots.
During the regular season (53 games), he registered 19.6 points and 4.7 assists on 44.8 percent shooting, including 32.1 percent from distance.
Steph Curry, who missed six plus postseason games due to a couple of different injuries, averaged 25.1 points and 5.2 assists during the playoffs. He shot 43.8 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from 3-point territory.
In the NBA Finals, Curry averaged 22.6 points on 40.3 percent shooting.
During the regular season, the unanimous MVP racked up 30.1 points and 6.7 assists per contest. He shot 50.4 percent overall, and 45.4 percent from 3-point land.
Irving also hit one of the biggest shots in NBA history -- a 3-pointer over Curry with 53 seconds remaining in Game 7 that proved to be the game-winner.
"The play that we ran was for me to get Steph on me," Irving said. "Once we got what we designed, I'm thinking 'I have to create separation for our team -- that confidence that we need in order to get that defensive stop; if we miss, we understand that now they're on the attack -- but if I hit this 3-pointer it creates that distance.'
"And it was a devastating blow to 'em ... we both know that I wanted that."
Klay Thompson averaged 24.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting over 24 playoff games.