CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will miss his first game of the season because of a bruised left knee when Cleveland hosts Orlando on Thursday night.
Irving, who averages a team-leading 22.2 points, was injured in the third quarter of Tuesday’s 91-76 loss at Indiana. Irving felt a “pop” as he fell awkwardly on a drive to the basket, but an MRI on Wednesday revealed he only sustained a bruised knee.
Irving will receive additional treatment and rest and is listed as day-to-day. The former No. 1 overall pick has been injury prone during his NBA career. Irving missed 38 games in his first two seasons with a variety of injuries.
Jarrett Jack will start at point guard for the Cavaliers, who have lost a season-high six consecutive games.