After missing his first game of the 2013-14 season Thursday night against the Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will miss his second game of the season on Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets. It was announced Friday afternoon that Irving would not travel with the team for the 7:30 p.m. Saturday matchup with the 11-21 Nets, but he is still considered a game-time decision for the Cavs’ contest with the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday.
The news was first reported by Cavaliers play-by-play color commentator Fred McLeod via his Twitter account:
@KyrieIrving is still day to day and continuing with treatment but will not make trip to Brooklyn..still could go Sunday vs Indy
— Fred McLeod (@CavsFredMcLeod) January 3, 2014
Irving suffered a left knee contusion against the Pacers during a New Year’s Eve game in Indiana early in the third quarter, but he returned to the bench before the end of the frame and finished off the contest–a 91-76 loss–for the Wine & Gold. An MRI the following Wednesday confirmed the injury, making Irving a game-time decision (later updated to questionable) against the Magic.
Irving has missed lengthy stretches throughout his first two NBA seasons because of injuries he sustained, but it does not look like this injury is on the severe side, thus making his return over the next couple games very likely. The Cavaliers are most likely being precautionary by keeping their All-Star point guard off the court in an overtime win against Orlando on Thursday and for the upcoming game against the Nets.
Combo guard Jarrett Jack, who started for Irving against the Magic, proved that he was more than capable of taking over starting point guard duties in the meantime with his efforts on Thursday. Jack finished 5 of 16 from the field, but started the game shooting 4 of 8 in the first half of play. The offseason acquisition also logged seven assists and seven rebounds and connected on three clutch free throws near the end of regulation, allowing the Cavaliers an opportunity to push the game into an unlikely overtime.
Stay tuned to Right Down Euclid for updates on Irving’s status in the upcoming Wine & Gold games.