Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will miss Tuesday nights game at Chicago with a sorehyperextended right knee, team officials said.
Irving reportedly bumped the knee at practice prior to the Cavs 118-94 win on Saturdayin Orlando. He was running gingerly for parts of that game. It also bothered him the next nightin Miami duringa 109-105 loss.
Irving is listed as day-to-day and could also miss Wednesdays home game against Toronto.
If this were a playoff game, Irving would likely play. However, the Cavs dont want to run the risk of the soreness not going away or the knee not healing properly.
The Cavs, who have landed three top-four draft picks in the past two years, are hoping to win as much as possible in the second-half of the season without an eye on the lottery.
Irving is averaging team-highs in points (23.3), assists (5.6) and steals (1.6). Shaun Livingston will start in his placeagainst the Bulls.