Kyrie Irving was dragging around a sore left leg through the first gameof the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hawks. Doctors advised him to sit out Game 2 Friday, he did but pushed himself to try and get back for Game 3 because the man does not like to sit.
Didn’t work. He is out for Game 3 in Cleveland due to tendonitis in his left knee, the team announced.
Matthew Dellavedova will start for the Cavaliers, as he did in Game 2.
There are a lot of guys with nagging issues this time of year. What is concerning with Irving is that the Cavaliers had almost a week off between finishing off the Bulls and starting up against the Hawks in the next round, yet his condition didn’t really improve much. It’s led to some speculation there is more than just tendonitis going on with the knee.
With the Cavaliers up 2-0 in the series, this seems like a safe place to rest Irving. If the Cavaliers can close the series out in four or five games Irving could have another long rest before the Finals start.