Kyrie Irving Blames Flu-Like Symptoms That Sidelined Him vs. OKC on Bed Bugs

Katie RichcreekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 8: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers pauses on the court during the second half against the Sacramento Kings at Quicken Loans Arena on February 8, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Kings 120-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Kyrie Irving was sidelined just nine minutes into Sunday's tilt against the Oklahoma City Thunder with flu-like symptoms, and he blames bed bugs.

The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard showed off what was an apparent bite mark on his face to media after the team's 96-88 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. He explained that the bugs caused the symptoms and were the reason he didn't sleep well, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin:

CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 8: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers pauses on the court during the second half against the Sacramento Kings at Quicken Loans Arena on February 8, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Kings 120-100. NOTE TO
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But before you laugh, consider this wild thought: He wasn't kidding.

The Skirvin Hilton confirmed the presence of bed bugs to the Oklahoman's Erik Horne:

The hotel told Horne the bed bugs were isolated to one room, which has received multiple treatments since they were reported on Sunday morning.

[Dave McMenamin, h/t Deadspin]