Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert could play on the team’s upcoming two-game road trip, which starts on Friday against the Orlando Magic and finishes Tuesday in Boston. “There’s a chance that one or two or both will play on the trip, but there’s also a chance they don’t,” head coach David Blatt said Thursday. “We’ll see how they’re feeling.” Both Irving and Shumpert went through a full practice on Thursday, the final workout before the team left for Orlando, and both made the trip.
Cleveland.com is told that Shumpert is slightly ahead of Irving in terms of recovery. Since Shumpert is coming back from a wrist injury and Irving a knee injury, the three-time All-Star's road to full health has been tougher.
Shumpert has been able to maintain his conditioning throughout the process. That hasn't been the case with Irving. Though no one within the organization is willing to say it, I'm told that having both activated in time for the Christmas Day game against the Golden State Warriors is a strong possibility.
The word is Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert is breaking records when it comes to how aggressively he's attacking his rehabilitation. That might be hyperbole, but what's clear is he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from a ruptured Extensor Carpi Ulnaris sheath in his right wrist. But if you ask him, none of this comes as a surprise.
Is a mid-December season debut in the works? "If I could have, I would have played soon as they took the cast off [on Oct. 14]. I think I'm six weeks out. They said 12-14 [weeks], right? If I can make it at 12, I'm trying to make it at 12," Shumpert told cleveland.com. "If I can get there right at 12, I'm trying to get there right at 12, but I'm trying to make sure I take my time."
April 17, 2021 | 4:49 pm EDT Update
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers will not visit the White House and President Joe Biden to celebrate their 2020 NBA championship when the team travels to Washington, D.C. to play the Wizards later this month, a source tells ESPN. A future visit has not been ruled out completely, the source says.
Eric Walden: Quin, on being without Donovan for at least a week: “It’s a challenge for us to play without him, and obviously we want to get him back as soon as possible. … Hopefully we can try to improve in some other ways.”
Eric Walden: Asked what he’s looking for with so many guys out, Quin said: “It’s difficult to play the way we normally would, but it puts a premium on ball movement, particularly against the Lakers’ pressure. We’re gonna have to run as much as we can, have some guys be really aggressive.”
Gophers senior forward Brandon Johnson declared for the NBA draft on Thursday but said he will keep open the option to return to college.