CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving was on the practice court on Thursday, but pardon the Cavs coaches if they are just a little bit worried about his status as the season heads down the stretch.
Head coach Byron Scott said it’s possible the All Star could be shut down again if his injured knee continues to protest. Irving said on Wednesday night, after keying a fourth quarter comeback victory over Utah, that the knee was still hurting, despite the team’s efforts to give him time to rest it.
He said the only way he could get better is if he sits out the rest of the season.
“I’m not doing that,” Irving said.
Scott was asked about Kyrie’s bothersome knee and told reporters the first he heard of the knee trauma was when he read the daily press clippings.
“It definitely caught my attention,” said the veteran coach. “I’ll talk to him again about it and talk to Max (Benton, head trainer), and see if there are other things we have to do to get it as close (to 100 %) as possible. Right now we’re playing every other day, which is one thing you can’t help. The only other way of managing it is to do what we did today, get a lot of shooting in and get some weight work done, just try to keep him off of it as much as possible and not have him do a whole lot of strenuous stuff.”
Irving said Wednesday night that he didn’t believe playing could worsen the injury unless someone hit him on the knee, “And I pray to God that doesn’t happen,” he said.
Irving did not speak with reporters as is typical on practice days after games.
Meanwhile, Dion Waiters, who battled stomach flu, made an appearance at practice but did not go full speed.
He will be further evaluated. It’s possible he will play on Friday.
Omri Casspi, who recently had an appendectomy, was on the practice court on Thursday.
The Cavaliers will host the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.