Kyrie Irving frustrated by knee injury, but says he’ll be ready for next series
Despite aggravating an already-existing left knee injury during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ series-clinching blowout of the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night, Kyrie Irving insisted after the Game 6 victory that he’ll be good to go come next Wednesday, when Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals is scheduled.
Irving expressed frustration after the game over how he’s battled through injuries throughout the series only to suffer yet another one.
“I’m OK,” Irving said after the game, via. “It’s just kind of six days or seven days, a week of treatment and it all goes down in one play.”
Irving, already hobbled by myriad injuries, including a right foot strain and tendonitis in his left knee, went down to the floor after stepping on teammate Tristan Thompson’s foot early on in the second quarter. He limped to the bench before being escorted back to the locker room.
He returned to the bench with his knee re-wrapped minutes later and remained there for the duration of the first half. The fortunate thing for Irving and the Cavaliers, though, is that the team didn’t need to force him back into the game, as they went on a 20-4 run down the stretch and headed to the locker room with a 58-44 lead.
When asked if he could have returned if the game had been tighter, Irving indicated he was sure of it.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Without a doubt. It crossed my mind, but we were up by 14.”
So the bench is where Irving remained, as the Cavaliers strolled to a relatively easy win.
And now, Irving can focus entirely on getting his body right for Wednesday. The Cavs will either hit the road for a showdown with the Atlanta Hawks or host the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena.
Either way, Irving, in his first playoff run, is excited to take the next step, one that hopefully with the extras days of rest he won’t need to take so gingerly.
I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “Tonight was an incredible win for our team and now these next days of rest is very vital for me. I’m going to be ready for the Eastern Conference Finals.”
[H/T Pro Basketball Talk]