Updates from Monday, Sept. 8
Kyrie Irving is willing to share now what he didn't dare admit Saturday afternoon.
The confession: Team USA's starting point guard was still in serious pain trying to play less than 48 hours removed from that painful fall he absorbed inside the final 90 seconds of pool play at this 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
"I couldn't even sit down on the bench," Irving said Monday.
Updates from Friday, Sept. 5
Fox Sports' Sam Amico has the latest on Kyrie Irving's status:
Sam Amico @AmicoHoops
Coach K says Kyrie Irving "100 percent" and "ready to go" for Team USA vs Mexico on Sat at FIBA Worlds. Kyrie fell hard Thurs vs Ukraine.9/5/2014, 4:10:12 PM
The Cleveland Cavaliers are favored to win the Eastern Conference in 2014-15 due partly to the contributions of point guard Kyrie Irving, but Cavs fans received a bit of a scare Thursday regarding the health of their star.
According to NBA on ESPN, Irving fell hard on his hip late in a 95-71 Team USA win over Ukraine at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain:
NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
.@KyrieIrving fell hard on his hip late in the fourth quarter and made his way to the locker room. http://t.co/AeXPiRysei9/4/2014, 5:13:23 PM
Irving was helped off the court and did not return, although there were just a couple minutes remaining in the game when the injury occurred.
As seen in this GIF courtesy of SI.com's Ben Golliver, the injury occurred when Irving was turned away on a drive toward the hoop:
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpearsESPN
Little scare as Cavs Kyrie Irving was down injured on floor late in @usabasketball game after falling hard on hip but he eventually got up.9/4/2014, 5:12:41 PM
It remains to be seen whether Irving will have to miss any time, but Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports didn't characterize the injury as a major concern:
Kyrie Irving @KyrieIrving
Im all good everybody, just a tough fall. Appreciate the concern #ontobarcelona9/4/2014, 6:01:07 PM
Irving later updated fans on his status via his Twitter account:
Provided it is minor, Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski can probably afford to sit his point guard in the United States' round of 16 matchup against Mexico on Saturday.
The Americans will be heavily favored regardless of Irving's status, but it is also entirely possible that Irving will be good to go in a couple days.
Those who are worried more so than anyone else are likely people within the Cavaliers organization. With Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love in place, Cleveland has the new dominant Big Three in the NBA.
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