CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – A sore left knee sidelined Cavs All-Star guard Kyrie Irving for his second straight game in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Irving, sporting a knee brace, went through a rigorous 50-minute, full court, full contact workout Sunday afternoon 3 1/2 hours before Game 3.
After head coach David Blatt said Irving was a “game-time decision” while being evaluated by doctors 90 minutes prior to tip off, ultimately the Cavs decided to sit Irving for a second consecutive game.
Matthew Dellavedova started once again in his place.
“Our guys are playing with a lot of grit, just like we have all season,” Blatt said.
Irving sprained his right foot in a Game 2 opening round win over the Boston Celtics and the injury has contributed to the tendinitis in his left knee, which he aggravated in a Game 6 close-out win over the Bulls in Chicago that saw him play just 12 minutes.
Friday morning Irving skipped the Cavs’ morning shootaround to flew to Florida to meet with renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews who confirmed the initial diagnosis and recommended more rest and rehab for the All-Star guard.
Irving sat out Game 2 in Atlanta that saw the Cavs take a 2-0 series lead with a 94-82 victory.