CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving says he will play against Memphis despite having flu-like symptoms earlier in the day.
Irving missed the team's morning shootaround and was listed as doubtful for Friday's game. A flu bug has coursed its way through Cleveland's team and also sickened family members of players and coaches. However, Irving arrived at Quicken Loans Arena about 90 minutes before tipoff and told reporters he was going to play.
Irving said he began filling ill Thursday night and spent most of Friday resting.
"I went to the doctor and got myself checked out," he said. "I'm here. About 13 hours of sleep will definitely help you."
Irving was recently held out of three games to rest a hyperextended right knee, and following Wednesday's win over Utah, the 20-year-old said the injury was still bothering him. Those comments prompted coach Byron Scott to say he would consider shutting down Irving again, rather than risk him making it worse.
However, after speaking with Irving and trainer Max Benton, Scott isn't as worried.
"I don't think the knee is that big of an issue," said Scott.