Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving was hobbled throughout the Cavaliers’ second-round series against the Chicago Bulls, and Irving didn’t play at all in the second half of the series-clinching Game 6 because of a left knee injury. Irving didn’t practice Saturday because of the injury, and head coach David Blatt is just hoping his starting point guard can play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks:
Kyrie Irving saw Cavs team doctors on Friday and didn't practice Saturday. Blatt said he remains "hopeful" to have Irving play Game 1
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 16, 2015
The good news for Irving is that Game 1 isn’t until Wednesday, so he’ll have several days to heal up. More good news is that Cleveland had success with Irving out of the lineup in Game 6, with Matthew Dellavedova and other role players stepping up in a big way.
Of course, the Cavaliers can’t expect Dellavedova to even come close to playing that well on a consistent basis, and Irving will be needed to take pressure off LeBron James. Even at less than 100 percent, Irving showed he could still have a big impact in Game 5 of the series against Chicago.