Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving did not play Friday, questionable for Game 3
Kyrie Irving did not play in Game 2 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals after Dr. James Andrews confirmed the guard has knee tendonitis and helped him form a recovery plan, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced.
Irving is listed as questionable for Sunday's Game 3 in Cleveland.
Irving skipped the team's shoot-around Friday morning and instead flew with team physician Dr. Richard Parker to Florida consult with Andrews, who heads up the eponymous sports medicine institute in Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Irving did not receive an MRI Friday, according to ESPN.
The 23-year-old guard is also dealing with a right foot strain, an injury he suffered during the team's first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics.
Irving had previously said he planned on playing in Game 2, but admitted he wasn't feeling his best.
"I just don't have it right now," Irving told NBA.com.
He had 10 points and six assists in 27 minutes in Cleveland’s Game 1 97-89 victory over Atlanta and aggravated his knee injury during the third quarter of Game 1.
“The most frustrating thing is seeing holes in the defenses that I'm used to attacking. I tried to make one move and I accelerated and then I stopped and passed it,” Irving said.
Irving is averaging 18.9 points, 3.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 11 postseason games this season.
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