Source: Cavaliers Not Sitting Injured Irving
The Cleveland Cavaliers are always careful with young franchise player Kyrie Irving, but the latest concern regarding his lingering knee injury may be more false alarm than fact.
Cavs coach Byron Scott seemed to drop a bit of a bombshell Thursday at practice when he said he’d consider shutting down Irving after the All-Star guard told reporters the only way he could get better is if he sat out the rest of the season. Irving recently missed three games with a hyperextended right knee.
“If Ky is hurting, I have no problem sitting him down,” Scott said.
But team sources told ESPN.com there was a miscommunication between Irving and Scott. The team will continue to monitor Irving’s knee and he’ll continue to get treatment on it, but there are no plans of sitting him down for this injury.
Irving is expected to play against the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.
The 20-year-old Irving played almost 38 minutes against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, and didn’t seem to be slowed by the knee, which he banged against teammate Omri Casspi’s knee in a practice two weeks ago.