Cavs All-Star Irving to play through flu symptoms

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm •  Published: March 8, 2013
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Irving attempted to diffuse any apparent controversy about the status of his knee and thought the situation regarding his comments on Wednesday was a bit overblown.

"I'm fine," he said. "I'm not getting shut down. Coach Scott is not in contemplation of shutting me down. It's funny what the Internet can do for people."

This virulent flu bug has bitten the Cavs hard.

Rookies Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller as well as Daniel Gibson and team trainer Max Benton all missed games earlier this week with the stomach virus. Waiters was in Friday's starting lineup and Scott said Gibson was available.

Zeller returned on Wednesday after being sick and losing five pounds. He and Waiters became so ill last weekend that they had to be taken to the hospital.

Scott has been leery of making any unnecessary contact with his players.

"I'm not touching their hands right now," he said. "We're doing a lot of knuckles stuff. I'm trying to stay away from them as much as possible. Hopefully, this thing will be over today or tonight. It's made its way through our team."

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