Kyrie Irving Injury: Updates on Cavaliers PG's Knee

Alex KayCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2013

Kyrie Irving has missed multiple games with a hyperextended knee.


UPDATE: Sunday, March 3 at 1:02 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Cavaliers fans as Kyrie Irving (knee) is making progress and inching closer to returning to game action, according to Plain Dealer's beat writers Mary Schmitt Boyer and Jodie Valade

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UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 29 at 12:38 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to Jodie Valade of The Plain Dealer, Kyrie Irving is questionable for tonight's game:

Kyrie Irving is questionable for tonight's game against the L.A. Clippers and will be a game-time decision, coach Byron Scott said this morning at shootaround.

The Cavs clearly don't want to rush their star PG back into action prematurely, but they could certainly use his presence in such a big game at home.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 12:47 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

Kyrie Irving will reportedly miss Wednesday night's home game against the Toronto Raptors with a sore knee, according to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio.

This is the second straight contest that Irving will be sidelined, as he missed Tuesday's contest versus the Chicago Bulls with the hyperextended knee.

Expect Shaun Livingston to once again assume the starting point guard duties in Irving's absence.

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Kyrie Irving will miss Tuesday night’s contest against the Chicago Bulls with a knee injury, according to Mary Schmitt Boyer and Jodie Valade of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

More specifically, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal noted that the point guard is suffering from a hyperextended knee and has been shut down by the Cavs’ medical staff, possibly keeping him inactive for Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

It was clear that the injury has been hindering Irving lately, as the knee was reportedly sore just after the All-Star break. However, Irving did put up a solid 35 points, seven assists and five rebounds on Wednesday against the New Orleans Hornets.

On Saturday, the second-year star netted only 12 points against the Orlando Magic—but managed to chip in nine assists and three boards—and finished with a respectable 17 points, five dimes and two rebounds on Sunday against the Miami Heat.

Those certainly aren’t terrible numbers, but the 18-38 Cavaliers are well out of contention. It’s just not worth it for Irving to play injured and risk further damage to the knee.

Shaun Livingston should get the starting nod against the Bulls, and the backup guard is averaging 4.9 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game over 24 contests with the Cavs.

Hopefully this injury isn’t too serious, as Kyrie is one of the up-and-coming stars in the NBA. His presence brings hope to the Cleveland fans and should have the franchise contending again in a few seasons.