Cavs May Shut Kyrie Irving Down Again Due to Hurting Knee

by March 07, 2013
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According to Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott, Kyrie Irving’s bothersome right knee may force the team’s hand, and have the star point guard sit down for a few days again (though Irving insists that he doesn’t want to miss the rest of the season.) Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Irving said following Wednesday’s win over the Jazz his knee was still hurting despite the team shutting him down for a week to allow it to heal. ‘The only way I would get better is if I sit out for the rest of the season, and I’m not doing that,’ Irving said. That surprised Scott, since it was the first time he heard of it. ‘It definitely caught my attention,’ Scott said. After the Cavs shut Irving down the first time, Scott said he didn’t want his star to return until the knee was 100 percent. Scott said Thursday he planned to speak with trainer Max Benton about Irving’s knee later in the afternoon and didn’t rule out the possibility of shutting him down ‘if he says it’s bothering him again to the point where I know it’s bothering him enough that he can’t perform the way I know he is capable of.’ Irving said Wednesday night he didn’t believe the knee could be injured worse unless someone hit him on the knee, ‘and I pray to God that doesn’t happen,’ he said.”