MILWAUKEE: Kyrie Irving reinjured his right shoulder during Tuesday's 125-90 loss to the San Antonio Spurs and will miss at least a week. He did not accompany the team to Milwaukee for tonight's game, but instead remained in Cleveland for another MRI on the shoulder.
Irving will be shut down for a few days and the Cavs are projecting him to miss seven to 10 days. The Cavaliers, who have lost eight in a row and 11 of their last 12, play seven games in the next 10 days. The earliest he could return would seem to be a home game against Indiana next Wednesday, although the Cavs will likely proceed cautiously since he has already reinjured the shoulder once.
Irving initially hurt the shoulder in a home loss to the Bucks last week. He missed one game before coach Byron Scott reinserted him into the lineup. Scott said much of the decision would rest on how Irving said the shoulder felt, but that Scott wouldn't play him Tuesday if there was any discomfort or soreness in the shoulder area.
Scott joked that he hoped he could trust Irving to tell him the truth.
Losing Irving now is a crushing blow to a team already reeling. The Cavs have lost their last seven games by an average of 22.3 points and they became the first team in NBA history to lose consecutive home games by at least 35 points, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Now they'll be without their leading scorer for at least the next week.
Following tonight's game against the Bucks, they'll travel to Toronto to face the Raptors on Friday before concluding this trip Sunday at New Jersey.
Fox-8 News in Cleveland was the first to report Irving did not make the trip Tuesday night.