CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving played less than 10 minutes because of a stomach virus, while Washington's John Wall had 21 points and 13 assists as the Cavs fell into a three-way tie for the third-worst record in the NBA with a 96-85 loss to the Wizards.
Irving initially wasn't expected to play when he woke up with the stomach flu, but took part in pregame warmups and was medically cleared to play. Coach Byron Scott said he would limit his minutes and he certainly did. Irving, who averaged better than 21 points in his last three games, played 9:47 in the first quarter and didn't return. He finished with five points and an assist.
D.J. Kennedy had 12 points off the bench in his NBA debut and Antawn Jamison, in perhaps his final home game in a Cavs jersey, had 10 points and four rebounds.
The Cavs trailed throughout the second half as the Wizards rolled to their fifth-straight victory.
While Irving's stomach virus might seem suspicious, since Washington owns the league's second-worst record, Scott insists Irving truly was sick when he woke up Wednesday.
"Maybe it does (look suspicious)," Scott said. "I guess if you are not close to the situation, a lot of people around the country might think so. But it’s legit."
Maybe it does. I guess if you are not close to the siatution, a lot of people around the country might think so. But it’s legit.