The flu-like symptoms that caused Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving to exit Sunday’s game against the Thunder were caused by a lack of sleep due to bed bugs in the team hotel, he told reporters Monday.
Irving played just nine minutes in Sunday’s 115–92 win over Oklahoma City. He told reporters after Monday’s loss to the Pistons that he was forced to sleep on the couch on Saturday night and only slept for about three hours.
The team stayed at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City, a four-star hotel.
Kyrie Irving: "Just imagine how freaked out you’d be if you saw friggin 5, big ass bed bugs just sitting on your pillow. I woke up itching."— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) February 23, 2016
Kyrie says his flu-like symptoms in OKC were caused by bed bugs at the hotel giving him a poor night's sleep. Showed bite on his face— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 23, 2016
Kyrie Irving: "It was honestly from the bed bugs from the frickin' Hilton that we stayed at ... We came into the game and I was freaked out"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 23, 2016
The hotel’s Director of Rooms, Jessica Dustin, confirmed to The Oklahoman that bed bugs were found in one room.
Irving played 38 minutes on Monday night, leading the Cavs with 30 points.
- Dan Gartland