Irving missed Friday’s shootaround and was evaluated by Dr. James Andrews, who confirmed the initial diagnosis of tendinitis. Irving will continue to receive treatment and is questionable for Game 3 on Sunday.
Irving’s knee issues began cropping up in the second-round series against the Chicago Bulls. This came after it was revealed that he was dealing with a right foot problem dating back to the first-round series against the Boston Celtics.
Irving started in the Cavaliers’ 97-89 Game 1 victory over the Hawks, but he only played 27 minutes because he aggravated the knee injury in the third quarter. He briefly returned to the court but sat out down the stretch.
While losing Irving for this game is a tough break, Cleveland has actually had a lot of success without him on the floor in the postseason. In his 129 minutes on the bench in the playoffs, the Cavaliers have outscored the opposition by 18.4 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com. We’ll see if that trend continues on Friday night.