Kyrie Irving Shoots Down Reports Of Thursday Debut
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers’ superstar point guard, took to Twitter to refute reports that he would make his season debut on Thursday night against Oklahoma City Thunder.Advertisement
Irving has missed the first 23 games of the season while recovering from his surgery in June to fix his fractured left kneecap, which he suffered during Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Golden State Warriors. Despite Irving’s absence, the 16-7 Cleveland Cavaliers sit atop the Eastern Conference.
The former No 1 overall draft pick was cleared for full contact practice a little more than a week ago. He has been going through a handful of practice sessions without any setbacks. Last week, Cavs coach David Blatt said the team was happy with Irving’s progress. “We’ve still got some things that we want to go through with him before we let him get back out there. But he is looking good and feeling good,” said the second-year coach.
Kyrie Irving Desperate For Return
Earlier this month, Irving said he was “itching to get back out there” after persisting injury problems. “The biggest thing for me is getting over the mental hump of being able to still go out there and compete, being out there with my teammates. I’ve kind of been itching the last few weeks, but finally getting my trainer’s clearance, as well as our organization to go out there and practice with the guys, have five-on-five, going up and down, being able to hit guys a little bit and guys hit me, as a competitor, I’ve been itching for that,” Irving had said.
According to ESPN, Irving will undergo a series of physical tests to measure his body’s strength and responsiveness before getting cleared by the team.
The Cavs have been hampered by injury woes this season. Iman Shumphert, who took the court for the first time last week, left in the fourth quarter Tuesday against Boston Celtics with a right groin injury. Shumphert has beinen ruled out of the Thunder game.
A healthy Kyrie Irving will surely bolster Cavaliers’ chances of returning to the NBA Finals.