Cavs’ Kyrie Irving out Tuesday with sore knee
Kyrie Irving banged his knee during practice last week and has been hindered by the knee injury ever since. After Saturday’s win against the Orlando Magic, Kyrie Irving hoped the sore knee would not be a serious issue. During intervals when he wasn’t playing on court against the Orlando Magic, Kyrie Irving exercised on a bike to keep warmed up and ease movement in his knee. Although Kyrie Irving played 36:15 minutes against the Miami Heat, he shot 6-of-10 from the field and lacked his usual explosiveness in the 109-105 loss Sunday night.
The 20-year-old Kyrie Irving is listed day-today with the sore knee. However, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said he didn’t believe Kyrie Irving was dealing with a serious knee injury that could have the player sidelined for extended period.
“[I'm] not real concerned,” Byron Scott said at morning shootaround. “It's just one of those things that needs rest. He tried the last two games...even in the Orlando game, I kept telling him, 'If it doesn't feel right, just tell me so I can get you out of there.’”
Kyrie Irving has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game at United Center, but his status for Wednesday’s home game against the Toronto Raptors is still uncertain.
“But Kyrie wants to play. Tonight's one of those nights where the last couple of games it has kind of built up. He hasn't been able to have any rest on it,” said Byron Scott. “So when you have a knee that's as sore as his, you need rest and you need treatment. So he's definitely out tonight. Tomorrow is questionable and we'll go from there.''
The Cleveland Cavaliers are already hampered by injuries to center Anderson Varejo, who’s done for the season with lung issues, and forward Omri Casspi due to complications in Saturday’s appendix surgery. They can’t also risk serious injury to their franchise anchor Kyrie Irving, around whom the Cleveland Cavaliers are building the team. Besides with the Cleveland Cavaliers well out of the playoffs picture, there’s not much they can risk by taking precaution in dealing with their All-Star guard Kyrie Irving’s sore knee.
Backup point Shaun Livingston is expected to start in Kyrie Irving’s absence.
Kyrie Irving is leading the Cleveland Cavaliers in scoring with 23.3 points and 5.6 assists per game. Th1 2011 NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving also won the 3-point shooting contest during All-Star weekend in Houston.
Earlier in the season, Kyrie Irving missed 11 games due to a broken index finger, but he played through a fractured jaw while temporarily sporting a protective mask during games.