Sore knee sidelines Cavs' Irving for second game

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving is following Cleveland's prescribed plan of rest.

Cleveland's dazzling All-Star point guard missed his second straight game with a hyperextended and sore right knee he injured recently during practice.

Irving needs time off the floor for the injury to heal properly, and he was kept out of Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Raptors. Irving also sat out Tuesday's game in Chicago, and the Cavs won without him, snapping an 11-game losing streak against the Bulls.

Irving banged knees with one of his teammates last week. But although the knee was bothering him, he played in road games against Orlando and Miami. However, Irving lacked his usual quickness and after a 6-of-16 shooting performance in a loss to the Heat, the 20-year-old said the knee was not right.

He underwent an MRI while the team was in Chicago. The tests confirmed the diagnosis by team doctors.

Irving has missed 13 games this season. He was sidelined for 11 games with a broken right index finger

The Cavs are 3-9 without Irving this season, and 7-20 over the last two years. He was out for 15 games last season with an assortment of injuries, but was still named the NBA's Rookie of the Year.