Kyrie Irving (knee) says he could have returned to Game 6 if score was closer

Friday May 15th, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving exited Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bulls after aggravating an injury in his left knee. He did not return. 

After the game, a 94-73 win that clinched the Eastern Conference semifinals for Cleveland, Irving said he could have returned had the game been closer.

Irving also said that he will be able to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday, according to 

The injury occurred when Irving stepped on teammate Tristan Thompson's shoe. Irving fell to the court and struggled to get up but managed to limp off the court.

• WOO: Questions linger for Bulls after loss

Irving had been playing through tendinitis in his left knee and a right foot strain. Despite the injuries, Irving has averaged 19.8 points and 3.3 assists while shooting 43 percent from the field during the playoffs.


"I'm OK," Irving said after the game. "It's just kind of six days or seven days, a week of treatment and it all goes down in one play."

After beating Chicago on Thursday, Cleveland will face either the Atlanta Hawks or the Washington Wizards in the conference finals.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.