Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving Sidelined by Sore Knee

Cleveland Cavaliers' point guard Kyrie Irving has been bothered by his right knee for a few days. After losing a close game on the road to the Miami Heat, coach Scott Brooks has decided to sideline Irving for today due to a sore/hyperextended right knee according to a report by Mary Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Irving first hurt his knee colliding with someone in practice after the All-Star break. Scott Brooks does not seem concerned with the injury, saying it just need a bit of rest.
"[I'm] not real concerned,'' Scott said at shootaround. "It's just one of those things that needs rest. He tried the last two games...even in the Orlando game, I kept telling him, 'If it doesn't feel right, just tell me so I can get you out of there.' But Kyrie wants to play. Tonight's one of those nights where the last couple of games it has has kind of built up. He hasn't been able to have any rest on it. So when you have a knee that's as sore as his, you need rest and you need treatment. So he's definitely out tonight. Tomorrow is questionable and we'll go from there.''
After this game, Kyrie will have missed 12 games this season. In the games he's played, he's averaging 23.3 points and 5.6 assists per game, both increases from his rookie season. He's been the core of a young Cavaliers squad that held four players in the Rising Stars challenge. Whether Irving misses more games is yet to be seen.

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