Cavs Kyrie Irving Denies Rumors he is Ready to Go
Cleveland Cavaliers fans will have to wait a while longer for Kyrie Irving to make his return.
The All-Star point guard, who has been out since the end of the 2015 NBA Playoffs due to fractured left kneecap, cleared up reports that he will be playing in the Cavaliers - Oklahoma City Thunder game on Thursday night.
Irving, 23, tweeted on Wednesday, "Sorry to dwindle the news, but I won't be returning tmrw. It was wrongfully reported. When I do come back you'll hear it directly from me."
ESPN's Dave McMenamin had reported on Tuesday that a source told him Irving was good to go for Thursday's game. He reported that Irving "was cleared for full contact more than a week ago and has been through a handful of practices since without any setbacks."
Irving still has to go through a series of physical tests to determine if his body is strong enough to play. The tests will also examine his responsiveness, a team source revealed reported by ESPN.com.
Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal had reported that Irving is looking good during practices although he is still not ready to come back.
The Cavaliers have been dealing with injuries. Iman Shumpert, who returned from a wrist injury, is currently unavailable due to a groin injury that he sustained in Tuesday's game against the Boston Celtics. He is not expected in the Thunder match up either.
"A little bit concerned," said head coach David Blatt had said initially about Shumpert's injury. "I got to be honest with you. I have no idea what the extent is, I'm just, given what our recent history has been, I'm concerned."
The Cavaliers will host the Thunder Thursday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. on TNT.