Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving will miss the team’s Saturday matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers as part of his rehabilitation from a fractured kneecap, according to a report from ESPN.
Kyrie Irving will not play tonight vs POR, source tells ESPN. No setback, just planned rest in the b2b as part of his return process.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 26, 2015
Scheduled to miss the second half of the Cavaliers’ first back-to-back since his return to action six days ago, Irving has appeared in just three games this season including Friday’s Christmas Day bout against the Golden State Warriors. Despite the 89-93 loss, the veteran point guard logged 26 quality minutes while tallying 13 points (4-for-15), three rebounds, two assists and a steal.
The 23-year-old has continued to play on a restricted regiment – in terms of minutes – however, slightly increasing his workload in each contest. Debuting against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 20, he played 17 minutes before recording 20 in a win against the New York Knicks three days later.
Irving is currently averaging 10 points (29.4 percent shooting), 3.3 assists, 1.7 rebounds and one steal per game over the course of 20.7 minutes.
“I’ve never been so happy to miss close, in-range shots in my entire life,” said Irving. “Just that confidence, not playing in 6.5 months, and then going out there and playing a high-level game like this, high intensity, getting used to the switches and the catch-and-shoots and getting my legs back in rhythm, that felt really good tonight.”
Evening the playing field, the Trail Blazers will be without their point guard in Damian Lillard, who will miss his third consecutive game due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot.