Still Not 100 Percent Fit, Says Irving Ahead Of NBA Finals
Both coaches Steve Kerr and David Blatt are in the final lap of garnering their resources as the NBA Final series kicks off on Thursday at Golden State. The series shall commence till June 19 if it goes down the wire, as game 7 is scheduled on that day at Golden State. Both the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers won a comically one-sided Conference final series to seal their NBA Final berth.
What will wary the Cavs’ camp most getting into this final contest is their point-guard Kyrie Irving’s left knee. All-star Irving sustained an injury during a second-round playoff series game against the Chicago Bulls and sat out of the game 2 and 3 of the Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks. He was later diagnosed with knee-tendinitis after a MRI on May 11.
“I’m asked about it all the time whether it be the regular person walking around in Cleveland or someone here in San Francisco,” Irving said before their practice at Oracle Arena to prepare for Game 1 against MVP Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors.
“I’m walking down the street and they ask me how’s my knee doing? I’m like, ‘I’m fine. Thank you.’ My knee is OK. It’s like, ‘Are you playing? Are you playing Game 1?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ll be playing.’
“It’s an adjustment, but it’s what it is at this point. But I’m just going to go out there and will myself to play.”
The spirited point-guard came back to play against the Hawks in game 4 with a hobbling knee to guide his side to a series white-wash.
“Whatever he can give is going to be great for our team,” teammate LeBron James said. “Kyrie at 50 [percent], Kyrie at 60, Kyrie at 70 is better than Kyrie at zero.”
Irving himself revealed that he would be less than 100 percent fit in the NBA Finals. The Cavs All-star got 8 days between the final game of the Conference Finals and the NBA Finals to recover.