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Report: Kyrie Irving has knee bruise, is day-to-day

Jan 1, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

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Finally, some good injury news.

An MRI revealed Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving has only a knee contusion and he is officially day-to-day, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Considering he had to leave the game and thought he felt a “pop” this is very good news. Especially for the people who have voted Irving an All-Star starter in the East, they still will get him in that showcase.

Cleveland has lost six in a row but because they are in the East they have a legitimate shot at still turning this around and making the playoffs. That would not have happened without Irving in the lineup.

This also keeps the talks of a Pau Gasol/Andrew Bynum trade with the Lakers alive. For Cleveland that deal is about getting inside scoring to make a playoff run, so without Irving what was the point? Still that trade may not happen, the Lakers want more than just Bynum’s cap relief in return and what the other pieces of that trade would be remain the stumbling blocks.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Jan 1, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Even with guys like Lebron and Irving playing for the Cavs over the years, it has proven difficult for Cleveland to lure any premiere talent to come play alongside them. Honestly, who would want to willingly go live and work in Cleveland, Ohio? LBJ is a native of Ohio and even HE couldn’t stand the thought of wasting another year in such a dismal place.

    I look forward to Kyrie Irving’s escape from the depressing purgatory that is Cleveland. He is a top-5 (maybe top-3) point guard in this league and with the right supporting cast around him, he can do big things. Kyrie is a championship-caliber floor general, and a prolific scorer to boot…it’s just a shame that the very best young talent entering the NBA are often entrusted with resurrecting the cellar-dwellers of the league, but it’s the only way to promote balance of talent.

    • ausar02 - Jan 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      As a Cavs fan I hope he says and the Cavs can prove you wrong, but I have no choice but to give a thumbs up to your post because it is accurate as of right now.

    • bougin89 - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      The Cavs put players around Lebron that complemented him in the pick n roll and other players that could play strong defense. They won 66 games with Lebron and co., that’s a quality squad. Unfortunately the one real glaring mistake that the Cavs made was giving Larry Hughes big time money in free agency to be “second fiddle” to Lebron and offensively he just wasn’t capable of being that guy. Calling the Cavs a “depressing purgatory” is shortsighted.

  2. losangelesbillsofbuffalo - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    People who rag on Cleveland are ignorant. They have either never traveled here or are too simple to understand the vibrant culture and excitement that the city possesses. Yes, the weather can be miserable and the sky can be gloomier than in most cities, but Cleveland was built and continues to thrive on the grit and unquestioned originality of the people that live here. You may mock, but you simply don’t understand, and for that it is all of us who are laughing at you.

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