The Cleveland Cavaliers may be down another man tonight, as point guard Kyrie Irving is listed questionable for tonight's game. He will not participate in today's shoot around and will instead undergo further medical evaluation. The Cavs' updated Irving's status in a press release:
Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will not attend the team's shoot around this morning in Atlanta in order to undergo additional evaluation with head team physician Dr. Richard Parker. After continuing his treatment following Wednesday night's game, symptoms related to his left knee tendinitis had not diminished and additional evaluation was recommended. He will be listed as Questionable for tonight's game.
If Irving is unable to go, it seems that either Matthew Dellavedova or J.R. Smith would get the start. Dellavedova would likely the odds on favorite to start, as he is a point guard. But Cavs coach David Blatt could opt to let LeBron James handle the ball from the start. As of now, Irving is still listed as a probable starter by the Cavs. Irving's absence would also leave the Cavs with just seven members of the regular rotation healthy.
Irving has been dealing with tendinitis in his left knee and also has right foot strain. For the playoffs, he is averaging 18.9 points and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 42.8 percent from the field. In Game 1, Irving played just 27 minutes, scoring 10 points and to go along with 6 assists.