Kyrie Irving sat for the entire fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 91-83 victory over the Utah Jazz on Thursday because of a sore left knee, but the guard said after the game it wasn’t a big deal. Irving told reporters, via cleveland.com, that his knee had been sore for 48 hours and tightened up while he was on the bench to start the final frame, so he approached LeBron James and said, “You got this?” James answered in the affirmative, so Irving didn’t re-enter the game for precautionary reasons. He didn’t guarantee that he would play in the Cavs’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, but he didn’t sound too worried about it. “I’ll see my masseuse, get some treatment in the morning and take this four-hour ride to L.A. that we’re all dreading,” Irving said. “I’m hoping that I don’t have to miss any days, but if it really comes down to that, the bigger picture is way more important than a few days or what it’s going to be. But as of right now I’m fine.” Cleveland guard Iman Shumpert was also on the bench for the whole fourth quarter, having injured his shoulder in the third quarter trying to dunk on Rudy Gobert and then enduring another collision on the next play.
Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving downplays sore left knee: 'As of right now I'm fine'
CBS Sports | Mar 18