Kyrie Irving likely out Friday but due to flu not knee

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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.