The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks open the Eastern Conference Final Wednesday night in Atlanta and the road team will have one of its star players on the floor.
Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving sat out a large portion (he played only 12 minutes) of his team’s Game 6 victory over the Chicago Bulls with left knee tendinitis. He also has a right foot strain. However, he says he’s good to go for Game 1.
Irving did not practice on Saturday, but felt well enough after a weekend off to practice Monday.
“I would say just my spirits and mental confidence, just being able to actually feel both my feet underneath me, especially when I’m shooting, it feels amazing,” Irving told ESPN. “You know, just a confidence of getting extra work in and just preparing with my teammates. I think that’s the biggest thing I get out of it. I don’t want to be on the sideline at all, especially preparing for a big stage like this. I want to be as close to 100 percent before Wednesday as I can be, so just doing the necessary things in order to do that.”
Game 1 tip off is schedule for 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.