Kyrie Irving out for Game 2 vs. Hawks

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Kyrie Irving missed shootaround on Friday and at the time was considered questionable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hawks.

He’s now been ruled out.

From Jason Lloyd of Ohio.com:

Irving visited with Dr. James Andrews on Friday, the team said, and the tendonitis diagnosis was again confirmed. He is listed as questionable for Game 3 on Sunday in Cleveland.

Irving had eight days off between the Cavs’ first two series and six days off prior to facing the Hawks. It’s unclear at this point what another couple of days’ rest will mean.

“We’re evaluating as we go forward and hopeful we can get him back in there,” coach David Blatt said. He added that the Cavs’ 1-0 series lead had no impact on the decision to rest him.

Blatt said Friday morning if Irving said he could go then he would play, but he said prior to the game the decision was taken out of his hands and made by the medical staff.

Irving wasn’t great in Game 1, but the Cavaliers were able to get the win anyway thanks to a huge performance from J.R. Smith, solid front line play from Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov, and LeBron James doing what he does.

But Cleveland will need a healthy Irving in order to contend for a title, and at this point it’s unclear whether or not he can get back in time to help his team’s cause.