Those within the Cavs have referred to Irving as a Maserati, and the torque he generates on his cuts is overwhelming. When he cut on Thompson, his knee blew out — a fractured kneecap — and Irving immediately knew the consequences. “I knew at that moment I was done,” he said. “I knew it.”
Irving felt his right knee, then his left. The left one didn’t feel the same. He told Steve Spiro, the team trainer, he needed to go back to the locker room. “As I’m walking and my adrenaline and my body started to slow down, I’m like, ‘This is it right here,’ ” he said. “I’m done.”
Kyrie Irving will again sit out Tuesday’s game at the Denver Nuggets on the second night of a back-to-back, but he is preparing as if that’s the last game he misses this season. Irving will return to the starting lineup tonight when the Cavs play at the Phoenix Suns. “That’ll be the last time I sit out back-to-backs,” he said, “and hopefully the last two games I miss for the rest of the season.” The Cavs don’t have another back-to-back scheduled for more than two weeks when they play at the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets in mid-January.
Dave McMenamin: Kyrie Irving will not play tonight vs POR, source tells ESPN. No setback, just planned rest in the b2b as part of his return process.
Jason Lloyd: Kyrie Irving out tonight for #Cavs, per source. Not playing in back to backs right now. @Dave McMenamin first
Marc J. Spears: It looks like Kyrie Irving will make his season debut tomorrow versus Sixers and be in uniform vs Warriors on Xmas. twitter.com/kyrieirving/st…
The stage is set for Kyrie Irving to make his long-awaited season debut Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia 76ers. Although nothing is official, Irving, 23, has done all that's asked of him. The team continues to say he needs to pass a few more tests, but sources say the fifth-year point guard has been ready, and his teammates have played a major role to get him there. The Cleveland Cavaliers, winners of their last four games and sitting at the top of the Eastern Conference, executed their plan to perfection during Irving's recovery from knee surgery: They have played well and kept unnecessary pressure to return from creeping into Irving's head.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs head coach David Blatt says the matchup against OKC was not a factor in keeping Kyrie Irving out. No date yet for his debut
Randy Renner: Cavs say both Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert OUT tonight vs #Thunder and Mo Williams questionable with sprained thumb
Kyrie Irving: Sorry to dwindle the news, but I won't be returning tmrw. It was wrongfully reported. When I do come back you'll hear it directly from me.
A source familiar with Kyrie Irving's rehabilitation told ESPN.com the fifth-year guard is “ready to play” both mentally and physically and has been that way for about the last week. Yet, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt said after practice Sunday that “we won’t see” Irving on the court Tuesday against the Boston Celtics.
Does that mean that the Thunder game is already ruled out for Irving? No. He could play. Then again, a source familiar with the Cavs’ thinking told ESPN.com he wouldn’t mind if Irving sat out until February if it meant his chances of being healthy for an extended playoff run would increase.
Kyrie Irving should make his return within the next week, likely Dec. 20 against the Philadelphia 76ers if not before. Irving will not play Tuesday when the Cavs face the Boston Celtics, coach David Blatt said.
There is a chance he could play Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, although it seems more likely at this point the Cavs will hold him out until Sunday against the Sixers, one team source said. Irving practiced with the second team Sunday and participated in multiple shooting drills with LeBron James following a lengthy practice. He seems ready to play now, but the Cavs don't see a need in rushing him back. He certainly seems on track to be in the starting lineup for the Christmas Day game against the Golden State Warriors.
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.
Irving, who hasn't played since breaking his left kneecap in the NBA Finals, is finally fully cleared to practice and said Thursday that he's moving toward his return. But Irving would not commit to exactly when he'll make his season debut. "You're not getting anything out of me," he said, smiling. "No percentages, no target dates, nothing. I'm feeling good. Personally, I'm in a great place just being able to be out here and practice with the guys, being able to go up and down and continuously, as well."
Kyrie Irving played a set of modified 1-on-1 games against LeBron James after the Cleveland Cavaliers' shootaround Saturday and “destroyed him,” a team source told ESPN.com. They weren’t true games of 1-on-1 in the sense that only one dribble was allowed per possession, thus rendering James’ significant size advantage moot as he couldn’t simply back Irving down with his dribble and post him up. Games finished with the first player to score three baskets.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Kyrie Irving is doing some shooting work following shootaround this morning. https://t.co/TETFimKdMC
"Everyone's going to formulate their own opinions based on injuries," Irving said. "You think about injuries whether they have them when they're young, or old, or in the middle, it's part of the game. For me, I know exactly what I'm doing in the weight room and exactly what I'm doing to prepare myself for the court, and if something happens, that's just part of the game. If I go out there and bump knees with someone and get a knee contusion and have to miss a game, and then I sprain my ankle, those aren't things that can be planned. You just do the best you can to prevent it. For me, everyone putting in the notion of breaking down, I'm nowhere near close to breaking down I can be completely honest with that. I'll just let my game on the court and my work ethic speak for all that. I'll never not put myself in a position to be successful for my teammates and for my organization. I could see if I wasn't putting in 100 percent effort in doing everything possible to prevent injuries, then cool, everyone can have their opinion and I'd start believing it. But no way will I start believing that my body will break down and I can't be better every single year."
"Whether (my return is) in December, or whether that's in January, I have to eventually test out my knee against competition," Irving said about the idea of being overly cautious.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was recently cleared for unrestricted weight-bearing activities, league sources informed Cleveland.com. From here, the team's training staff can intensify his leg-strengthening assignments as it sees fit, I'm told.
After practice on Thursday, Cavaliers head coach David Blatt made it sound as if point guard Kyrie Irving isn't close to a return to action. "[We're] not rushing things and not letting up from the day-to-day work, but still a ways to go," he said. "And how much, I can't honestly tell you, but he's working at it every day."
ESPN Cleveland: Windhorst: Kyrie is doing some contact work. Scrimmaging 3-on-3. I expect him back in a couple of weeks. #Cavs
Sirius XM NBA: . @Brian Windhorst says on TSL that if this was a pressure situation he thinks Kyrie Irving could play right now, but the Cavs won't rush him
There was a report about Kyrie Irving not being ready to play until January. No one knows for sure, as Irving is recovering from surgery to repair a fractured knee cap. But the Cavs do expect him to play well before January. Of course, that can change once they see him in training camp.
The Cavaliers plan to work Kyrie Irving back into playing condition carefully and methodically as he recovers from a left kneecap fracture suffered in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Multiple league sources say his rehabilitation is going smoothly, but that the chances are slim of him being in the opening-night lineup against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 27. One source said he could very well be unavailable up until January.
Nearly two months after Kyrie Irving left Oracle Arena on crutches, his season coming to a dejecting end because of a fractured left kneecap, Irving was back on a basketball court. "Great," Irving said when asked how he is feeling following surgery in early June. "Taking it one day at a time. It's a process getting back to where I want to be. But I'm doing what I can here with the kids and that's all that matters. I started walking about a week ago so whether I was on crutches or not I was still going to be here for the kids."
May 19, 2022 | 12:59 am EDT Update
Jones told Burns & Gambo on Wednesday that he believes Deandre Ayton will be back with the Suns next season. “Deandre had an amazing season and he’s progressed every year and improved every year,” the GM said. “He’s been here and so he’s a big part of what we do. His future with us is something we will address at the proper time which is in the future. He’s a free agent and I’ve said all along, he’s about the same things we’re about which is winning. We’ll address it at the proper time.”
On possible supermax deal for Devin Booker and rookie extension for Cam Johnson. If Booker makes All-NBA this year, he’ll be eligible for a four-year deal worth $211 million while Johnson is up for a rookie extension heading into his fourth NBA season: James Jones: “That’s a part of the business. As your team improves, typically your payroll increases. We’re focused on improving the team and those guys, they deserve the credit. They deserve the accolades and the financial rewards that come with being good players and productive players. It doesn’t preclude us from doing anything. We’re not talking about a luxury tax issues or avoiding those things. That’s not something that’s going to prevent us from continuing to build this team and keep this team together.”
“Had a great year, just one of those nights,” said O’Neal as Ayton finished in Sunday’s Game 7 against Dallas with a career playoff-low five points on 2-of-5 shooting. “Phoenix had a great year, just one of those nights. This is a classy organization. This is a classy team. Can’t say bad things about them. They played hard. Again, even great players have one of those nights.” O’Neal, and fellow TNT NBA analysts Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley discussed Ayton’s future with the Suns after the top overall seed was eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in Sunday’s Game 7 in Phoenix. “You’ve got to re-sign Ayton,” Barkley said.
“(McGee) played well, he was a great addition to the team, but it all hinges on Deandre Ayton,” Barkley said. “It’s him and Booker. They are the guys going forward. Chris is going to be 38 (years old). He’s going to get the ball to the right person, but it’s time for Booker and Ayton. You can’t have a bad game like they did. Chris, he had a tough night, but Ayton and Booker, they’ve got to play well.”
Once Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson slowed down, caught their breath and stopped rushing shots, the Splash Brothers got on a roll that proved too much for Dallas to stop. Especially because Andrew Wiggins worked end to end to make sure Luka Doncic couldn’t get going. Curry had 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, Golden State held Doncic in check and the Warriors beat the Mavericks 112-87 on Wednesday night for a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. “Just make him work, that was the main thing,” Wiggins said.
Doncic scored 20 points but shot just 6 for 18 and 3 of 10 from deep. He made back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first half to get his team within 54-45 at the break, but Curry and Thompson heated up and helped the Warriors pull away in the second half. “A great job. That’s it,” Doncic said. “They did a great job.” Jalen Brunson scored 14 points but missed all five of his 3s for the surprising Mavs, who stunned the top-seeded Suns in a 123-90 thumping in Game 7 on Sunday in Phoenix.
“They did a really good job. Wiggins picking him up full court,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. “They went box-and-one, they went zone. We understood coming into the series that we were going to see that. We’ll go back and look at the video and see what we can do better.” Stopping Doncic, who was averaging 31.5 points in the playoffs, is the tall task this time after the Warriors already handled two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic of Denver in the first round, then Ja Morant early last series before his knee injury. “I thought Wiggs was fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Doncic is as difficult a cover as there is in this league. … It’s important to make him work. He’s so good. Any great player in the league you’re trying to limit the damage that they do.”