Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irvin will not play tonight against the Chicago Bulls because of a sore and hyperextended right knee, the team reports.
Irving hit his knee against another player during practice last week and bothered by it during games against Orlando and Miami. He is listed as day-to-day, with the Cavs playing Toronto on Wednesday.
“[I'm] not real concerned,” Coach Byron Scott said (via Cleveland.com). “It’s just one of those things that needs rest. He tried the last two games…even in the Orlando game, I kept telling him, ‘If it doesn’t feel right, just tell me so I can get you out of there.’
“But Kyrie wants to play. Tonight’s one of those nights where the last couple of games it has has kind of built up. He hasn’t been able to have any rest on it. So when you have a knee that’s as sore as his, you need rest and you need treatment. So he’s definitely out tonight. Tomorrow is questionable and we’ll go from there.”
Irving, last season’s Rookie of the Year, missed 11 games this season with a broken left index finger, and played through a broken bone in his jaw. He is the Cavs’ leading scorer, with a 23.3-point average.