Cavs rookie Kyrie Irving will not play tonight against the New York Knicks after spraining his right shoulder during Friday's home loss against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Irving went through pregame shootaround and met with coach Byron Scott and trainer Max Benton before the decision was made. Irving pled his case to play, but was overruled.
Donald Sloan, who was in the Development League two weeks ago, will start at point guard.
By taking tonight off, Irving will have two more days to rest the shoulder. The Cavs don't play again until Tuesday's home game against the San Antonio Spurs. It is the Cavs' last break in the schedule with more than one day off between games.
Irving played the entire third quarter Friday after injuring the shoulder, but Scott said he wasn't made aware that Irving was injured until after the game. Scott thought Irving was injured in the third quarter when he ran into Ersan Ilyasova on a screen, but Irving said it happened when the two collided late in the second quarter.
It's logical to ask why Irving was allowed to play the entire third quarter with a bad shoulder, but Scott said he wasn't aware that Irving was hurting.
The Knicks have their own point guard issues. Coach Mike Woodson revealed tonight Jeremy Lin will have arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Lin is projected to be out six weeks, which unofficially ends his season unless the Knicks pull an upset and advance to the second round of the playoffs.
The Knicks enter Saturday night with a slim 1 1/2-game lead over the Bucks for the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference.
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