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Kyrie Irving doubtful with flu-like symptoms, Byron Scott says his knee is fine

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 8, 2013

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving isn't expected to play tonight when the Cavs host the Memphis Grizzlies, but it has nothing to do with his right knee. 

Irving missed shootaround this morning with the same flu-like symptoms that previously plagued Tyler Zeller, Dion Waiters, Daniel Gibson and trainer Max Benton -- along with a number of the players' significant others. 

Irving will be re-evaluated this afternoon, but given the fact Zeller, Waiters and Gibson all missed multiple days of activity and Irving is showing many of the same symptoms, it seems unlikely he'll be able to play tonight.

As for the confusion surrounding Irving's knee, Scott said he doesn't think it's an issue going forward despite Irving saying it's still hurting. 

"I don't really think the knee is that big of an issue," Scott said. "Max said he's doing pretty good."

Asked why Irving made the knee an issue in his postgame remarks on Wednesday, Scott said, "you'll have to ask him."

Waiters and Gibson both participated in shootaround this morning and are expected to be available. Assuming Irving doesn't play tonight, Shaun Livingston will start at point guard. Waiters is the usual backup in those instances, but given his stamina might be sapped from the flu bug, Scott isn't sure yet if he'll be able to hold his usual duties as both shooting guard and backup point guard. 

Wayne Ellington would be the emergency third point guard ahead of Gibson, Scott said. 


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