Kyrie Irving will miss Saturday’s game in Brooklyn against the Nets and will not travel with the team. His status for Sunday’s game at home against the Indiana Pacers is still undetermined.
@KyrieIrving is still day to day and continuing with treatment but will not make trip to Brooklyn..still could go Sunday vs Indy
— Fred McLeod (@CavsFredMcLeod) January 3, 2014
Irving, averaging 22.2 points and 6.1 assists in his third NBA season, missed his first game of the year on Thursday against Orlando. He was injured in the Cavs’ previous contest on New Year’s Eve Tuesday versus Indiana. His MRI was negative and he’s been listed as day-to-day.
Without Irving, the Cavs miraculously improved to 11-21 with a 87-81 overtime victory over the Magic. They somehow rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final minute of regulation.
Veteran Jarrett Jack is expected to continue to start at point guard in Irving’s absence. He tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists on Thursday in a season-high 42 minutes, yet finished just 5-for-16 from the court.
Fortunately, the Nets also have had their share of struggles this season and have an identical record as the Cavs. They pulled off a last-second upset over Oklahoma City on Thursday.
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