According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is “ready to play”, but head coach David Blatt said Irving will not play on Tuesday as the team remains cautious in how they handle his return.
Irving has yet to play this season after undergoing surgery on his left knee back in June.
Per the report, Irving has been ready to play for the last week. But the Cavaliers (15-7) have the best record in the East without him, and with a championship-or-bust mentality for this season, the Cavs aren’t willing to risk anything when it comes to the health of the team, specifically Irving.
Citing a previous report, the report mentions that Irving has been pestering the coaching staff and front office about his return to game action. McMenamin says a source tells him that it’s reached the point where Irving is “pissed off”.
Irving averaged 21.7 points per game last season and shot a career-high 41.5 percent from three.
Once anticipated return date could be Thursday when the team hosts Oklahoma City. If the team doesn’t want to bring him back against Russell Westbrook, Cleveland takes on the 76ers on Sunday.
In his absence, Kevin Love has played like the player the Cavaliers wanted to see when they signed him to a max-extension after trading Andrew Wiggins for him. He’s averaging 17.8 points and 11 rebounds per game.
The Cavaliers are beginning to get to full strength. Iman Shumpert played his first game of the season against Orlando on Friday. He scored 14 points in 25 minutes.