Kyrie Irving said he planned to play Game 2.
He also said, “I just don’t have it right now.”
It seems the latter of those two semi-conflicting thoughts is winning out.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN:
The Cavaliers don’t need Irving to be at full strength to beat the Hawks. See Game 1.
But they might need Irving to eat some minutes at point guard, where Matthew Dellavedova is the only other player on the roster. Sure, LeBron James takes a lot of responsibility as the lead ball-handler, but it helps to have a natural point guard on the floor at times.
If Irving’s injury keeps him sideline tonight and/or beyond, that’s a big blow for Cleveland, which is already without Kevin Love.