Publish date:

Kyrie Irving (knee) starts Game 4 win against Hawks, Cavs reach Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will start in Game 4 of the team's Eastern Conference Finals series against the Atlanta Hawks and play for no more than 25 minutes, according to an ESPN report. 
Author:

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving started Game 4 of the team's Eastern Conference Finals series against the Atlanta Hawks and played on a minutes restriction. The Cavaliers won 118–88 to sweep the Hawks and earn a trip to the NBA Finals. He was listed as questionable heading into the game. The All-Star point guard scored 16 points in 22 minutes.

Irvingsat out Games 2 and 3 after being diagnosed with left knee tendonitis. He is also battling a strain in his right foot.

According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, the team's medical staff wanted Irving to have consecutive "good days" before giving him clearance to play.

• MORE NBA: Cavs close in on title | Playoff reform needed? | Coverage

SI Recommends