Irving hoping to stay healthy


Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving will play against the Phoenix Suns, but he will not feature at the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

It is something with which the fifth-year guard is OK with for now, but hopes it will not be the case much longer.

"I'm playing. I'm going to do the same thing getting ready for the game mentally and physically and then sit out in Denver again," Irving told a news conference on Monday.

"So that will be the last time I sit out in back-to-backs and the last two games, hopefully, I'll miss for the rest of the season."

Irving is in the early stages of coming back from a fractured kneecap he suffered in the NBA Finals.

Three games into his return, he is averaging 10 points and 3.3 assists in 20.8 minutes while trying to shake off the rust.

"For me, I just manage it by just being accepting of what's going on out there and knowing that the hard work that I'm putting in will turn into something," Irving said.

"Soon. Hopefully soon. But my work ethic and what I do on the off days and coming in to get prepared for games now, it won't change. I'll have the same mindset.

"For me, it's just about knocking off that rust and having that confidence to still be able to attack the rim and get the shots I want."