Kyrie Irving is with the Cavaliers in Brazil but is questionable for Saturday's preseason game vs. LeBron James' former Miami Heat team after he sprained his right ankle during practice this week and was subsequently wearing a walking boot, the All-Star point guard tweeted.
Irving sprained the ankle during practice on Tuesday and underwent an MRI and had X-rays taken before the team boarded a charter jet to Brazil. Both tests were negative and he is considered day-to-day, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
The news shouldn't be too alarming because it's a seemingly minor injury and the timing couldn't be any more opportune with still nearly three weeks before the regular season even tips off.
That said, the 22-year-old former Rookie of the Year has somewhat of a history with injuries dating back to his days at Duke. He appeared in just 11 games during his one and only year under Mike Krzyzewski because of a severe ligament injury in his right big toe. In the NBA, he has missed 49 games over the past three years because of various injuries.
Just a sprained ankle from practice, in a walking boot for precautionary reasons. Not that serious, I'm all good.— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) October 8, 2014
- Marc Weinreich