While the Cleveland Cavaliers have said they believe Kyrie Irving will play before the season ends, it won't be against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
Irving, the league's potential Rookie of the Year, has missed the last eight games with a sprained right shoulder. While the Cavaliers have seven games left and are playing mostly for pride, coach Byron Scott said Irving wouldn't be shut down, although he ruled him out for Tuesday.
Scott said there's "a chance that Kyrie doesn't come back this season, but I think there is a better chance that he plays."
Cleveland (20-39) fell to 4-9 this season without the star point guard after a 100-84 loss to Orlando on Sunday - its third game in three nights. Looking fatigued, the Cavaliers committed 18 turnovers and shot 37.3 percent. They were held to 30 points in the first half.
"Everyone's body feels beat up and is tired from the season, but it's about mind over body," forward Antawn Jamison said. "We have to challenge ourselves and...