Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said on Monday that star point guard Kyrie Irving would be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Atlanta Hawks as he continues to recover from left knee tendinitis.
While the Cavs haven't exactly missed Irving in the Eastern Conference finals, thanks in large part to the defensive contributions of Matthew Dellavedova, Cleveland would be hard-pressed to win an NBA title without a healthy Irving. As long as the Cavaliers are in control of this series, however, it makes sense to be cautious bringing Irving back. The Hawks are without All-Star Kyle Korver for the remainder of the postseason, a significant blow to Atlanta's schemes on both ends of the court, and Cleveland has home-court advantage for a potential sweep in Game 4.
According to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin, the Cavs want Irving to have "repeated good days" before he'll be cleared to play.