Kyrie Irving questionable for Game 2 versus Atlanta
By Joe Gilbert
The Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Friday that point guard Kyrie Irving skipped the morning shootaround for Friday’s Game 2 versus the Atlanta Hawks in order to get further tests on his injured left knee. The team listed his availability for Friday night’s game as questionable.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst is hearing that the Cavs are ordering an MRI on his knee to find out if Irving had suffered further damage. The knee in question was diagnosed as tendinitis earlier in the playoffs, so the team is checking to see if it has worsened over the last couple days despite initial thought that no further damage could be incurred by playing.
The News-Herald’s Bob Finnan reported that the feeling in the locker room is that Kyrie Irving will not play in Game 2 versus the Hawks despite the point guard saying he would be ready to go. This will mean the Cavs will have to lay heavier minutes on Matthew Dellavedova, including most likely starting him in place of the injured Irving if he misses Friday’s game, as well as Iman Shumpert. Of course, another adjustment will be on LeBron James who noted Friday morning that he expects less touches in the paint and more ball-handling duties if Irving is unable to play.
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