By now, everyone knows the situation with Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving. Injuries to his right foot and left knee have forced him to play hobbled through the majority of the NBA Playoffs. Some nights, he’s been able to play through the pain and contribute on the stat sheet. Other games, he can clearly be seen laboring, struggling with the task of even getting up and down the court.
With the Cavs winning Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night, some thought it might be a good idea for the team to give Irving a breather. They now have home court advantage in the series, so why not rest their ailing guard for Game 2 so they can have him as healthy as possible when the teams head to Cleveland on Tuesday?
Right now, all signs point to this not being the course of action. Irving is listed as questionable for tonight’s game, though he’ll no doubt be once again dealing with significant discomfort. And, though there does seem to be some logic in the idea of giving Irving the night off, Cleveland should stay the course. If he can indeed take the court tonight, the Cavs have to get him out there.