According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving missed Wednesday’s practice due to an undisclosed illness. But he, however, is expected to play Thursday when the Cavs take on the Boston Celtics.
Per cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon, Irving did workout Wednesday, but left the Cavaliers’ facility before getting others sick:
Kyrie, according to Ty, was courteous: "He came in and worked out, lifted got his shots up, but he left before he got anyone else sick."— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) December 28, 2016
Irving’s status is a good sign for a Cavs team that hasn’t had the best injury luck of late. If he were to miss Thursday’s game, Cleveland would be without both their starting point guard and shooting guard due to J.R. Smith’s thumb injury. If Irving ultimately can’t play, it seems possible that Iman Shumpert would start in his place with rookie Kay Felder and Jordan McRae being other options.
For the year, Irving is averaging 23.6 points and 5.8 assists per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field in 28 games. Irving’s per game scoring average would be the highest of his career and is second on the team behind LeBron James.