Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott noted on Thursday that the team would be willing to "shut down" All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving if he experience pain in his right knee, but now it appears that the team does not plan to sit the sophomore guard at this time, according to ESPN.
Irving received treatment on his right knee on Thursday, leading some people to speculate that Byron Scott and the Cavaliers were preparing to sit their best player for the rest of the season, but the real message is that the team will monitor Kyrie's knee and only take action if the situation gets worse, or if he could do further damage to himself by playing. Byron Scott had this to say on Thursday night (via ESPN):
"If there is any way of doing more damage by continuing to play, then I'll find that out and we'll go from there," Scott said. "I want him (Irving) to go out there and play and be effective for us."
In the same story, Brian Windhorst notes that at this time "the team will continue to monitor Irving's knee and he'll continue to get treatment on it, but there are no plans of sitting him down for this injury."
The 20-year-old sensation has averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game over 47 contests this season, and he has also posted a terrific 22.53 Player Efficiency Rating (PER). When asked about the injury, he said: "The only way I would get better is if I sit out for the rest of the season, and I'm not doing that."
The Cavaliers are 21-40 on the season and 12th place in the Eastern Conference.
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