Iman Shumpert recently returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lineup, and it was thought that Kyrie Irving may return to action on Tuesday against the Boston Celtics. However, Cavaliers head coach David Blatt has already put the kibosh on that.
Blatt spoke to the media Sunday, and he said that Irving won’t play Tuesday despite “looking good” and “feeling good,” according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
Irving is working his way back from knee surgery that occurred in June during the NBA Finals. The initial timetable given for his return was three-to-four months, but it became clear as the season approached that he wouldn’t be all that close to that prognosis. We’re now over seven months since the surgery.
The Cavaliers have gone 15-7 to start the season without Irving and with Shumpert missing all but one game. It’ll likely take some time for the star point guard to find a rhythm when he returns, but when that happens, Cleveland will kick into high gear.