INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving was a limited (non-contact) participant in practice today because of his sprained right shoulder and remains questionable for Tuesday's home game against the San Antonio Spurs.
After practice, he was named the Eastern Conference's Rookie of the Month again for March and is an April award away from sweeping it every month this season.
Coach Byron Scott said he would talk to Irving before the game Tuesday and ask whether or not there is any stiffness or soreness in the shoulder. He's relying on Irving to be honest with him.
"He's been honest with me the last couple of times and I've sat him," Scott said. "I don't know if he'll continue to be honest. All I can do is trust what he tells me and we'll go from there."
Irving wore a protective sleeve over the shoulder at practice, but had no problem hoisting jumpers and goofing around doing jumping jacks. The Cavs did not make Irving available for interviews.
"I don't think there's a need to put him in harm's way," Scott said. "If there's still an issue with it as far as pain or soreness, it doesn't benefit him to get out there and get it injured and then miss the rest of the season or anything like that."
Irving averaged 19.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists in March. He led all rookies in scoring, 3-point percentage (.413), free-throw percentage (.881) and assists. He has already won the award for January and February and appears to be the runaway winner of the Rookie of the Year award. His 18.9 points this season leads all rookies and his 5.7 assists rank second.