According to Chris Haynes of the North East Ohio Media Group, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will not play Saturday against the Miami Heat. Earlier in the week, it was reported that Irving was walking around Rio De Janeiro in a walking boot as the team traveled around Rio sightseeing. Irving had an MRI and X-Ray on his ankle, but both came back negative. The Cavs are in Brazil as part of the NBA's slew of overseas preseason games.
#Cavs guard Kyrie Irving (sprained right ankle) tells me he will not play Saturday vs. Heat.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 10, 2014
Irving told ESPN's Brian Windhorst that the injury occurred during practice when he became entangled with Anderson Varejao. He also noted that he is icing it every day for treatment and that it isn't anything serious.
"We're still getting used to each other," Irving told ESPN. "LeBron saw me then Andy saw Bron's eyes, so we went to the same position. I was looking dead at LeBron, I don't know what Andy was doing. No, I'm joking, it was just a freaky play that happened."
With Irving out, it seems likely that Matthew Dellavedova will get the start at point guard against the Heat. It also could mean LeBron James and Dion Waiters see more time as the primary ball handler.