Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving today removed any doubt about his status for Wednesday's Game 1 vs. the Atlanta Hawks, saying at practice that he's good to go. Irving has been battling tendinitis in his left knee as well as a strain in his right knee. He did not practice last week in order to rest for the second round.
Kyrie: "I'm going to go" Wednesday— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) May 18, 2015
Kyrie Irving says he'll definitely play Game 1 in Atlanta on Wednesday.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 18, 2015
David Blatt says Kyrie Irving "feels pretty good" after going through Monday's practice: "I'm encouraged"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 18, 2015
Here's a quote from Irving regarding his health from Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:
"Just being able to actually feel both my feet underneath me, especially when I'm shooting, it feels amazing," Irving said. "I don't want to be on the sideline at all, especially preparing for a big stage like this. I want to be as close to 100 percent before Wednesday as I can be, just doing the necessary things in order to do that."
Irving is averaging 19.8 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the field in the playoffs. Game 1 of Cavs-Hawks is Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in Atlanta.