Irving sprained his right ankle during practice this week and was in seen in a walking boot that he said was only precautionary. After suffering the sprain on Tuesday, he had an MRI and X-rays taken, both of which came back negative. He accompanied the team to Brazil in spite of his injury.
In three years with the Cavaliers, Irving has averaged 20.7 points and 5.8 assists and shot 44.7 percent from the field in 33.7 minutes per game. He participated in the most games of his career last season (71).
Irving has dealt with numerous other injuries in the past that have limited him to 181 games over three seasons. He also played in only 11 games in his lone season at Duke due to a toe injury.
Saturday's game against Miami is Cleveland's final contest in Brazil. Afterwards, the team will return to the U.S. for five more preseason games. The Cavaliers open the regular season Oct. 30 at home against the New York Knicks.
- Christopher Woody