Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 4:00 pm  |  16 responses

Cavs May Shut Kyrie Irving Down Again Due to Hurting Knee

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.”

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  • Redd

    I hope this kid is just having a off-Health year, hopefully next year he can be healthy, stinks to hear.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he hasn’t had a healthy year since high school.

  • Chukaz

    Maybe he’s not hurt and what they meant to say was that there are only like 20 games left in the season and they don’t wanna risk any wins getting in the way of getting their hands on the highest pick possible. It’s that time of the year folks.

  • Redd

    Was surprised to find out he was more healthy last year than this year(games played wise).

    He’s improving for sure but still his health is killing him. I don’t think he’s a bust but at this rate I think he’ll simply be a player to compliment a NBA Finals MVP star(i.e. Lebron), however inconsistently as it may be.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s on pace to be the best PG in the league within 3 years. if Cleveland can put something together around him, and he can get healthy around playoff time, i think they have the POTENTIAL, to be just fine with him as their best player. He’s truly remarkable when he is healthy. Infact, he might have just had the best season a 20 year old has ever had.

  • Max

    Not like Kyrie results in that many more wins for the Cavs.

  • Redd

    Yea, I expect him to get better come next year as well as scary as that sounds.

    Kind’ve disappoint in Brandon Knight, thought he’d make a bigger leap.

  • roscoe

    I really hope kIrving heals up good.

    he is a legitimate talent & was well on his way.

    I dig his swag too; not overly arrogant, just confident.

  • Xena

    “if Cleveland can put something together around him,…” Are you serious? Not sure what Cleveland team you`re referring to but this Cleveland team has plenty of talent. If anything injury-prone players (Varejao, Irving), overall consistency, and youth are the issues. Besides Irving they have Varejao, Waiters, Speights, Thompson, C.J. Miles, Gee, Ellington, and Zeller. They have 7 players averaging double-figure in pts this season. They have a nice team. Talent is not the problem.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yes I’m serious. And yes, talent is the problem. Those players don’t make your team a contender. Which is why they are horrible. They are a misfit collection of role players with one superstar and two high potential young guys. Verajao is the only other player on the roster aside from Kyrie Irving who is above average (currently), yet he is 30, and injured. In essence, he’s trade bait. .
    The team is built to maybe be a 4 seed someday. They lack talent.
    And all of this should be obvious. I mean, it’s why they suck (they lack talent). It’s why they are shutting Kyrie down (better draft pick). It’s why they are acquiring assets. .
    Actually, just read this —> http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/2/18/3999604/cleveland-cavaliers-trade-rumors-2013-marreese-speights

  • Chukaz

    When your gunning for that #1 pick you can’t risk a single win. You never know when Kyrie might go for 60 that results in a win over the bobcats. If you’re the cavs you must avoid it, esp. in this weak draft.

  • sammyb96

    Well, of course his knee is hurting, how old is this Uncle Drew guy anyways?

  • Matt

    I agree with you. As long as the Cavs can continue to cover up his defensive deficiencies (he’s not quick enough to stay in front of many guards, lack of athleticism and length hurt him on closeouts, is terrible guarding in isolation), he can make them great. The Cleveland starting five with Varejao was, numbers-wise, one of the best high-minutes lineups in the league. And, by one of the best, I mean that they were a top ten unit.

  • pposse

    this is the part about the nba that pisses me off, if you can play then play!

  • Xena

    Yeah. You are clueless. The talent is there. The results are not due to their two best players missing too many games and I don`t see that changing being that Varejao and Irving are injured often. But you believe what you need to believe :)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ok warrior princess