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May 11, 2015 Updates

Ethan J. Skolnick: Kyrie Irving says he can't look himself in mirror if he sits. "I know I can still be effective." Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

It's been a frustrating last few games for Irving, who has been diagnosed with a right foot strain. He gave everything he had on Sunday, but the three-time All-Star still couldn't prevent the thoughts from creeping into his head: He started to feel like he had a question for his teammates. "I asked them if they still wanted me out there," he revealed after Cleveland's 86-84 Game 4 win against Chicago. Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Obviously I'm not 100 percent, but I'm just going to go out there and compete," Irving said. "You play a high-level game like that, you just lay it all out on the line. That's what I did tonight. Just live with the consequences after the game. My optimistic attitude comes from a pride standpoint. Just going out there competing with my brothers and doing whatever it takes. I mean damn near if I have to hop out there on one leg, sometimes I am my own demise. Cleveland Plain Dealer

May 10, 2015 Updates
May 9, 2015 Updates

But some of his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates – specifically Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova – haven't been in this situation, and despite a restless Friday night mulling over the excruciating details of Chicago's last-second 99-96 victory over the Cavs, James said on Saturday, "They need my leadership now more than ever, more than anybody on our team. I will not show any weakness." There is no room for panic in the playoffs. "As leader of the team, I can't be down about anything," James said. "Even though it hurts me to lose last night, I hate losing. It was tough for me to sleep last night, but I'm not going to be shattered, not around these guys." Game 4 is Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC), and the Bulls are up 2-1 in the best-of-7 series. USA Today Sports

"I'm pretty optimistic," Irving said Saturday, speaking to reporters in a ballroom at the Cavs' hotel after coach David Blatt canceled practice in lieu of a team yoga session. "It is what it is at this point. Probably eight out of 10 players on the floor in any playoff game have some [nicks] or are injured in some way. It's just that time of the season, something I've never experienced. For me it's more of a prideful thing, and as a competitor, just go out there and give my team whatever is needed and whatever I can give." ESPN.com

Kyrie Irving scored just 11 points on 3-for-13 shooting, and it was revealed after the game that Irving is playing with what the team calls a strained right foot, an injury Irving said he noticed in Game 2 of Cleveland's first-round series against the Boston Celtics. Irving underwent tests within the past week. "I have been trying to get treatment since then," Irving said. "I just have to stay ready to play. There are no excuses. And I have to play through it. ... Tonight, I'm not hanging my head nor using a bad foot as an excuse." USA Today Sports

May 7, 2015 Updates

James attacked from the start and scored 33 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers evened their semifinal series with Chicago, beating the Bulls 106-91 in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Donning the signature headband he ditched in March, James played like a man possessed. He powered to the basket, leaving Bulls defenders in his wake and keeping the Cavs, missing two starters, from falling into a 2-0 hole. He added eight rebounds and five assists for Cleveland, which led by 25 in the third quarter and withstood a third-quarter charge by the Bulls. James said the choice to wear the headband was spur of the moment. "It was in my locker and I decided to give it a go," he said. "It was time for it to make a comeback." USA Today Sports

May 5, 2015 Updates
May 4, 2015 Updates

Iman Shumpert, Kyrie Irving and partly Matthew Dellavedova will be primarily responsible for keeping Rose in front of them. Nonetheless, if Rose is getting off, you might see James call for a defensive switch and that goes for anyone else who may catch on fire. "I think it's a different time. It's a different situation. If need be, will I need to guard Rose at times? I can do it," James said. "I can guard anybody on their team one through 15 if need be. But the time, the score, the game, the situation will dictate itself." Cleveland Plain Dealer

May 3, 2015 Updates

LeBron James said one of the primary reasons that he decided to rejoin the Cavaliers last summer was the opportunity to play with Irving. “I didn’t need no validation, I knew how special the kid was,” James said. “I know how special he is now still. He’s going to be a big key to our success.” Asked if he saw some of himself in Irving, James said: “The burden that was put on me was probably a little higher but the expectations are around the same. They expect greatness out of the kid and that’s exactly what he does. He’s not afraid of the moment. He loves every moment. His upbringing, the people that were around him, the time that he was with [Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski] probably helped him. He’s been great.” Boston Globe

May 2, 2015 Updates
May 1, 2015 Updates

Cavs guard Kyrie Irving is close with Love and on Thursday, Irving called Love one of his brothers, saying "when one of your brothers goes down, there's a piece of us that went with him." Those are significant comments, and Love no doubt heard them. The Cavaliers have an advantageous head start in the free-agent process. Not only can the Cavaliers continue a dialogue with him about his place and role in the team's future, they are making him feel wanted and important. USA Today Sports

April 26, 2015 Updates

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