No rest for LeBron, Kyrie until 1-seed clinched

No rest for LeBron, Kyrie until 1-seed clinched

Irving and the Cavaliers finish the season against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

The Celtics know they can't be digging early holes this late in the season, and Isaiah Thomas says the team needs to figure out how to stop the trend as it looks to build momentum heading into the Playoffs. "That's the most frustrating, most disturbing and it sucks". The fact that Irving is still having problems two months shy of two years after fracturing his left kneecap in Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals is sobering. "[Thursday] just was a awful day for me and my knee". "But I did everything possible to recover and just come in today and felt good. Excuse my language, sorry".

Adding injury to insult, Kyrie Irving came away from the game with concerns about his surgically repaired left knee.

"We came in at the half and we all talked to each other", said Smart. Perhaps Irving's average of 34.9 minutes per game, tied for 15th in the league going into Saturday, is catching up to him.

CLEVELAND - A game after the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Boston Celtics to take back control of their perch atop the Eastern Conference, the Cavs once again devolved into a group with more questions than answers.

That was before they lost to a team that rested all its starters, essentially nullifying the Cavs' blowout of the second-place Celtics in Boston on Wednesday.

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Irving limped to the locker room during the third quarter Friday night but was able to return for the fourth stanza, scoring 18 points overall.

Cleveland still holds a one-game lead over Boston for the No. 1 seed with three games left to play, but Friday's result clearly rattled the defending champions.

Lue did say that Thompson, who suffered the injury in the third quarter of last Sunday's 122-102 double-overtime win over in, will be re-evaluated in the coming days and what happens with him going forward will be determined then. Or at least end Irving's pursuit of it. "I think if we give it our all - give effort and rebound - that puts us in the best position to win".

Kyrie Irving is playing hurt at this point of the 2016-2017 National Basketball Association regular season. (When I rewatched it, Irving's performance was what struck me most.) Lue should fixate on "The Shot", Irving's pull-up 3-pointer with 53 seconds remaining. After the game, Lue indicated he'd have to reconsider the strategy - for various reasons.

Irving's admission of a "terrible" Thursday was a stark reminder that the No. 1 seed is not what matters most.

Brad Stevens was more encouraged following Thursday night's 123-116 loss to the Atlanta Hawks than he normally would be after a defeat.