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Kyrie Irving likely out Friday but due to flu not knee


A day after some eyebrows were raised about the condition of Kyrie Irving’s knee, he likely is going to sit out Friday night against the Grizzlies.

But he is out because of the flu, not the knee.

Cavaliers coach Byron Scott passed along the news at the team’s shootaround to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Irving missed shootaround this morning with the same flu-like symptoms that previously plagued Tyler Zeller, Dion Waiters, Daniel Gibson and trainer Max Benton — along with a number of the players’ significant others….

As for the confusion surrounding Irving’s knee, Scott said he doesn’t think it’s an issue going forward despite Irving saying it’s still hurting.

“I don’t really think the knee is that big of an issue,” Scott said. “Max said he’s doing pretty good.”

Apparently what we’ve got here is failure to communicate.

Irving had said Wednesday his knee bothered him but he was just playing through the pain. When Scott was told about that, he became protective of his star player. And he should be, there is no reason to wear Irving down in meaningless games at the end of the season. But if this is just the normal recovery process following surgery — and Irving can’t make it worse by playing — then this is no big deal.

But Irving should get some rest this summer. Hopefully.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.