Irving's knee still a concern for Cavaliers

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm •  Published: March 7, 2013
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers won't risk losing Kyrie Irving for any more games.

On Thursday, Cleveland coach Byron Scott said he will consider shutting down his All-Star point guard, who recently missed three games with a hyperextended right knee and said after Wednesday's comeback win over Utah that the injury was still bothering him.

"If Ky is hurting, I have no problem sitting him down," Scott said.

Playing his second straight game after resting for a week, Irving scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Cavs overcame a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter and beat the Jazz 104-101. Irving scored 11 points in the final 4:21, but after the game said his knee still wasn't 100 percent.

"The only way I would get better is if I sit out for the rest of the season, and I'm not doing that," Irving said.

The comment surprised Scott, who said he will talk to Irving and trainer Max Benton before any decisions are made.

"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," Scott said. "I don't want him playing at 100 percent."