Coach David Blatt said that Irving is still questionable for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, per the Associated Press. Blatt said Irving's playing status would be a medical decision. The fact that the Cavaliers are leading the series two games to none over Atlanta will have no bearing.
Irving is dealing with tendinitis in his left knee. He traveled to Florida on Friday to see Dr. James Andrews, who confirmed the tendinitis diagnosis. Irving is considered questionable for Game 3 on Sunday. Guard Matthew Dellavedova is expected to start in place of Irving on Friday.
The Cavaliers are 3-point underdogs at Atlanta on Friday.
"I will be ready for whatever the team needs," Dellavedova said when asked about the possibility of starting. "It will probably mean a lot more minutes so I might have to adjust my game a little there, but not too much."
Though Irving is the Cavs' second-leading scorer, it was Dellavedova who came up big in the team's closeout win over the
"Delly has done great work for us all season coming from the bench and he has started other times during the season," Cavs coach David Blatt said. "He's been a consistent rotation guy for us and he's a dependable and high character guy that gives us an awful lot. We believe in him, our guys believe in him and he's ready."
David Blatt has indicated that
Irving expressed optimism heading into the series that the pain in his left knee and right foot had subsided, but if anything he was more limited than ever in the series opener. He re-aggravated the knee injury during the game and played only three of the last 18 minutes as his team put away the Hawks.
The guard did not attend shootaround Friday. He instead received further treatment and evaluation as an MRI was planned.
"My understanding is like most injuries, it's a combination of pain management and what the physical symptons are," Blatt said.
Irving was not invisible in Game 1, but his struggles trying to finish off drives to the basket were again evident. He did manage 10 points and six assists in 27 minutes.
Irving did not attend the team's shootaround Friday morning in Atlanta, instead going to receive additional evaluation with the team's head physician. Irving received treatment following Wednesday's win, but the tendinitis in his left knee did not diminish.
Irving scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting in 27 minutes in Game 1.
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