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Kyrie Irving out Tuesday night for Cavs with knee injury

Feb 26, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

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Kyrie Irving’s knee was part of the issue Sunday when the All-Star point guard shot 6-of-16 and wasn’t himself on the court. Part of that can be attributed to playing the Miami Heat and their athletic perimeter defense, but Irving didn’t look right.

Turns out his knee wasn’t. And so the Cavaliers are going to rest their star, tweets Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal.

This is not thought to be serious, as in he needs an MRI and is out for an extended period. More of a rest thing.

While that certainly takes the luster off the Bulls/Cavaliers game on NBA TV Tuesday (the team that breaks 80 points may win that one) it’s the right move for the Cavaliers. Irving is the franchise anchor and the guy they are building around.

All-Star weekend one All-Star player told me he thinks in three years Irving will be the best point guard in the NBA. LeBron James sung his praises (which led to a lot of premature speculation). You have to take care of anchor players and the Cavaliers are not fighting for a playoff spot, so sit him until he is right. It’s about the future, not February regular season games.

  1. nghtrder169 - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Smh – he is always hurt

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      True, ever since his days at Duke.

      Sucks cause this dude can ball!

    • jeremyhurst - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      “he is always hurt”

      Know what you’re talking about before commenting.

      Last season he missed 15 games out of 66 coming off of a serious college injury. Not a big deal.

      This season he missed 11, and will miss maybe 1 or 2 more for rest reasons.

      I don’t consider that “Always injured” at all.

      • skinsfanwill - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        He should try averaging 10 assists per game instead of scoring 30. He might not miss any games that way.

  2. doubledown44 - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    He was tired heading into the All-Star game and then he took part in activities every day. With the Cavs facing a stretch of four games in five days, I predicted he would sit the Toronto game (tomorrow). With the Chicago game on NBATV, I thought he might play, but I think he will sit at least these two games. I think sitting out is more about being tired than it is an injury. If there was more for the Cavs to play for right now, he might be in there. Or, more likely, he’d be just getting the rest like Dwyane Wade or the Spurs stars or any number of other players do from time to time.

  3. southpaw77 - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Save Uncle Drew for Friday vs Lob City.

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