Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving suffered a right ankle injury before Cleveland departed to Brazil for the NBA Global Games, and he is now considered day-to-day. Irving underwent an MRI and had X-rays taken on Tuesday, and both tests came back negative.
Cleveland is slated to square off against the Miami Heat in preseason action on Saturday, but Irving’s status for the contest is uncertain. Irving was seen in a walking boot as he went sightseeing with his teammates on his day off.
Irving took to Twitter to downplay the seriousness of the injury.
Just a sprained ankle from practice, in a walking boot for precautionary reasons. Not that serious, I’m all good.
— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) October 8, 2014
The former Duke Blue Devil has struggled with health in the past, missing 49 games over the last three seasons due to injury. Irving has only played more than 65 games in a season once in his career.
Irving’s 16 points, 5 assists and 2 steals led the Cavs to their first preseason win over Maccabi Tel Aviv last Sunday.
UPDATE 4:24 PM ET
Irving spoke to the media on Thursday, and described an unusual play that occurred during Cavaliers practice on Tuesday. Irving collided with big man Anderson Varejao, and Varejao stepped on Irving’s foot causing him to collapse to the floor. According to Irving, the collision transpired due to he and Varejao misreading a play.
It was crazy how it happened, I’m just glad I’m doing OK now. Irving said Thursday. I’m just going to get ice and as much treatment as I can.
We’re still getting used to each other. LeBron saw me then Andy saw Bron’s eyes, so we went to the same position. I was looking dead at LeBron, I don’t know what Andy was doing. No, I’m joking, it was just a freaky play that happened.
Irving was out of the walking boot by Thursday, but remained spectator for majority of the Cavaliers practice. He hasn’t officially been ruled out for Saturday’s contest, but it’s highly unlikely that he’ll play.
Right now, I’m probably not playing. I’m just glad I’m doing OK now and I can still be here with the team.