Kyrie Irving out with sore knee
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Cavaliers only need to look at their next opponent for an example.
They will sit point guard Kyrie Irving for Tuesday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls as a precaution because of a sore knee. And it won’t lead to any real matchup problems because the Bulls’ former No. 1 pick and current star point guard has been sidelined all season.
Irving injured the knee during Sunday’s loss to the Miami Heat. This is almost certainly a precautionary measure. Irving is listed as day to day. The Cavaliers likely will start Shaun Livingston, who has had his own career full of knee problems.
But Bulls point guard Derrick Rose missed stretches of last season with groin, back and toe injuries before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during the playoffs. He hasn’t played at all this season.
Irving, 20, has his own lengthy injury history. He broke his right toe during his only season at Duke, causing him to miss much of the year. He broke his hand during the offseason by slapping a padded wall. He broke his index finger earlier this season and missed almost a month. He broke his jaw, forcing him to wear a mask temporarily.
So they can’t be blamed for taking precautions, even if the latest soreness is nothing more than soreness. Injury prone players are prone to being injured.