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Gilbert Arenas Says Anthony Edwards Made A Mistake Challenging Kyrie Irving

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - MAY 22: Anthony Edwards #5 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks at Kyrie Irving #11 of the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter in Game One of the Western Conference Finals at Target Center on May 22, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

Many fans like Anthony Edwards‘ fearless game and personality, but sometimes, that could be his undoing. Edwards basically singled out Kyrie Irving before the Western Conference Finals and that’s not a wise strategy, at least, according to Gilbert Arenas.

The three-time NBA All-Star explains why the Minnesota Timberwolves guard barks up the wrong tree on the Gil’s Arena podcast.

I think he gonna try to turn up this series. He’s been on chill mode until about the fourth, but the fact that Anthony Edwards publicly said I’m about to guard him, that’s not the… I mean, you want him docile. He was trying to figure out the game, so the fact that you challenged him, it means his engine’s on. And he’s gonna try to sit there and body you.

Gilbert Arenas on Anthony Edwards challenging Kyrie Irving

If somebody like Arenas thinks it’s a bad idea, it’s probably a bad idea. The former Washington Wizards guard did some ridiculous things in his career, but he knows not to poke the bear. As a matter of fact, Irving did use Edwards’ comments as motivation in Game 1. 

For his part, Edwards almost had a triple-double– 19 points, 11 rebounds, and eight dimes. However, that doesn’t tell the whole story. The Wolves guard was not his usual attacking self, mostly deferring to his teammates even when he’s not double-teamed. Twelve of his 16 field goal attempts were from deep, indicating a lack of aggressiveness.

That said, he showed he can bounce back from “poor” games before. In addition, he can still be effective without scoring in bunches, as evidenced by his Game 7 performance against the Denver Nuggets.

Meanwhile, Irving dropped 30 points in Game 1 on top of five rebounds and four assists. Will NBA fans see more of Irving for the rest of the series?