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08:05 AM ET 03.08 | Playing out the string may not be in the cards for Kyrie Irving. [Irving] could be shut down again if his bothersome right knee is still giving him problems, coach Byron Scott said on Thursday. Irving said following Wednesday's win over the Jazz his knee was still hurting despite the team shutting him down for a week to allow it to heal. "The only way I would get better is if I sit out for the rest of the season, and I'm not doing that," Irving said. That surprised Scott, since it was the first time he heard of it. "It definitely caught my attention," Scott said. After the Cavs shut Irving down the first time, Scott said he didn't want his star to return until the knee was 100 percent.

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March 8, 2013  08:11 AM ET

Can't Stay Healthy, Bro?

March 8, 2013  08:15 AM ET

Makes sense I guess.

Wonder if he gets hurt more then usual because he's overused; good player on a team with not so much talent?

March 8, 2013  08:26 AM ET

its not like they'll make the playoffs or anything. Sitting him doesn't hurt the team in the long run so its not a bad call.

March 8, 2013  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

its not like they'll make the playoffs or anything. Sitting him doesn't hurt the team in the long run so its not a bad call.

Maybe you squeeze into a higher draft pick as well. Take a look at the team from Chicago and tell me it's worth it to push the knees on your franchise PG.

March 8, 2013  08:31 AM ET

C'mon MMA, where are you for this one? :)

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March 8, 2013  09:16 AM ET
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I don't know man.....some guys just have the injury bug and it might be best if the cavs think about flipping him while he hasn't had a major career threatening one.....I mean look at eric gordon- dude is ALWAYS hurt and you can't build your team around broken/always hurt stars or the team will never go anywhereKid has a ton of talent-but I'm not liking that he didn't play a full year at duke, didn't play a full year as a rook, and now as a soph they're talking shutting him down?

I like the kid a lot ... a ton of talent. But I'm sure we are soon to hear Russ and Dick Man, etc that he really isn't hurt that much (he's played more than DRose in last two seasons) so there is not really anything to worry about. Worry, Cav fans, seriously worry.

March 8, 2013  09:16 AM ET
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I don't know man.....some guys just have the injury bug and it might be best if the cavs think about flipping him while he hasn't had a major career threatening one.....I mean look at eric gordon- dude is ALWAYS hurt and you can't build your team around broken/always hurt stars or the team will never go anywhereKid has a ton of talent-but I'm not liking that he didn't play a full year at duke, didn't play a full year as a rook, and now as a soph they're talking shutting him down?

C'mon; flip him before something major happens?

That sounds like someone from the Knick recruitment dept talking.

Would you give the same advice if he was a Knick?


And I don't want to here an answer with the words "big market vs small market" in your reply.
...rubbish.

March 8, 2013  09:17 AM ET
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I don't know man.....some guys just have the injury bug and it might be best if the cavs think about flipping him while he hasn't had a major career threatening one.....I mean look at eric gordon- dude is ALWAYS hurt and you can't build your team around broken/always hurt stars or the team will never go anywhereKid has a ton of talent-but I'm not liking that he didn't play a full year at duke, didn't play a full year as a rook, and now as a soph they're talking shutting him down?

Russ will tell you he's not injury prone but Rubio, Rondo, and a couple other are, and that Irving is bulletproof.

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March 8, 2013  09:32 AM ET

I really want Irving to have a long and successful career. He's a Duke man and as such deserves to become the #1 PG that I know he can be.

March 8, 2013  09:40 AM ET

This thread has the possiblity of going nuclear, if the right army's show up.

March 8, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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This thread has the possiblity of going nuclear, if the right army's show up.

lol...honestly they show up to rep their team; its everyone else poking them for doing it that makes it go nuclear.

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March 8, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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Its a good question.....but let me give you a different answer than what your looking forAs a NON Cleveland fan, I can give an unbiased opinion.If he were on my team, I'd have my homer glasses onTeams that have their best players on the shelf more than.they play can't compete.The rockets with yao, Portland with Roy, mc Grady, eric Gordon, etc

The only problem to your argument is that flipping him would send the wrong message to the fans and essentially cripple the franchise.

You NEVER get fair value when trading a player like this so when you consider the ROI, it doesn't outweigh what you already have.

He's not a fragile player but a guy who has been asked to do a lot in place of other scoring threats. I believe the Cavs will not shut him down but limit his minutes so that other players can take the weight off his back and allow him to recover while still contributing.

March 8, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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I really want Irving to have a long and successful career. He's a Duke man and as such deserves to become the #1 PG that I know he can be.

I'm glad to see yesterday's peace and love guy is still in the house.. I have to say it. I love you, man.

 
March 8, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Shut it down man. When you play injured/hurt, your body compensates by putting pressure on other parts of the body that are healthy. No need it doing something that could tweak a different part of the body and then have multiple concerns. Not in the playoff race, so shut it down. Come back next year and go gang buster's!

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