There was some lingering doubt that Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving would be able to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, but Irving has removed that doubt, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Irving missed the second half of the Cavaliers’ Game 6 series-clinching victory over the Chicago Bulls last Thursday, and then the point guard missed practice over the weekend. However, he returned to practice Monday and said “I’m going to go.”
Irving is dealing with knee and foot injuries, but Cavaliers head coach David Blatt has seen progress and is hopeful his star point guard can get back close to 100 percent against Atlanta.
Irving was noticeably hobbled against the Bulls, averaging 17.5 points and 2.7 assists in the series. However, he shot 42.9 percent from three and had 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting in a huge Game 5 victory while fighting through his injuries.
Matthew Dellavedova stepped up in Game 6, but Cleveland needs Irving to provide big numbers against Atlanta in order to advance to the NBA Finals.