Facing three to four weeks -- or perhaps the rest of the season -- without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers coach Byron Scott was asked if he was worried that his young star was injury prone and not durable enough to survive an 82-game season.
"No, I'm not," the coach said emphatically Monday after it was announced Irving had been diagnosed with a sprained left shoulder.
"He still is very young. His body hasn't fully developed. I'm just not that concerned about it, to be honest with you. All the injuries that he has gotten have been legitimate injuries. It's not something that keeps recurring over and over again. From just what I saw last night with the little hip check, it was just an unfortunate foul that hit him right on the spot. So I'm not really concerned about it."
Irving was driving to the basket when he took a hip from Raptors rookie forward/center Jonas Valancuinas and tumbled to the floor with 2:04 left in the third quarter of the Cavs' 100-96 loss at Toronto. Irving landed on his left shoulder, lay on the floor for a bit, was tended to on the bench by athletic trainer Max Benton and then returned to the game to shoot two free throws -- one-handed.
Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving out 3-4 weeks with injured shoulder, but Byron Scott not concerned about his durability
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Mar 12