The Cavaliers are continuing to proceed with caution in the comeback of Kyrie Irving from a fractured left kneecap.
The Cleveland point guard will sit out Saturday night at Portland, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com. After losing to the Warriors on Friday, this is the first set of back-to-back games since Irving returned to the lineup a week ago and the plan all along was to have him sit out.
Irving has been on a playing time restriction in his three games back thus far, steadily increasing his minutes from 17 to 20 to 26 in games against Philadelphia, New York and Golden State, respectively.
Kyrie Irving will sit out the Cavaliers’ game on Saturday night as a precaution following his return from a knee injury. Irving had 13 points on 4-for-15 shooting, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 26 minutes in the Cavs’ 89-83 Christmas Day loss to the Warriors.
Despite his off shooting night and Cleveland’s loss in the Finals rematch, Irving was encouraged by his performance.
“I’ve never been so happy to miss close, in-range shots in my entire life,” Irving said. “Just that confidence, not playing in 6½ months, and then going out there and playing a high-level game like this, high intensity, getting used to the switches and the catch-and-shoots and getting my legs back in rhythm, that felt really good tonight.”
The Trail Blazers will also be without point guard Damian Lillard, who is missing his third straight game due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot.