Irving to support team while injured

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is going to make the best of a bad situation.

Although Irving will not be able to play for at least the next two weeks because a strained tendon in his left biceps suffered in Sunday's 102-80 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers, that will not stop him from making an impact on the team.

While he "can't really lift anything or do anything at this point," Irving plans to be a leader for a team looking to erase a five-game deficit between it and the Atlanta Hawks, who hold the eighth and final spot in the postseason.

"Over these last three years, I've had a few injuries here and there," Irving said. "Just being on the sidelines, I've just learned how to cope and be that vocal leader that I was on the floor. Off the floor, my voice needs to be a little stronger in the locker rooms, in the huddles.

"You have no choice. I've been knocked down a couple times this season, but at this point, it's about staying positive for my teammates and being there for them as much as possible. That's the most important thing on my mind right now, being there for them emotionally, physically.

"When I can't be out on the floor, I've still got to be with them, and I will continue. I'll be on all of the road trips till the end of the season. I know we have a chance to do something special. I believe in these guys. I know the coaches believe in these guys as well, and I'm going to continue to support them, 100 percent."

Irving said that the one positive from the injury situation was that it was a strain instead of a tear, which may have required season-ending surgery.

"I knew something was wrong when I came to the bench," Irving said. "I just felt a weird feeling after that play in my shoulder. I went back in and my arm looked a little different in the biceps area, and that's when I knew I strained it."

Irving does not know if he will be back at all this season after suffering what is his eighth injury since joining the Cavaliers nearly three years ago.

"We'll see in two weeks," Irving said. "I'm not going to give a definitive answer, so at this point, I'm just going to continue to support my teammates, be on the sideline. Whatever the medical team needs me to do and whatever's in my best interest, I'm going to do.

"It's a two-week evaluation. I'm just not doing anything. I'll be staying in shape, but whatever happens, happens in the next two weeks. At this point, it's about strengthening it again, giving it a little rest, taking care of my body.

"I'm really happy that it's just an isolated injury. A lot of shoulder work, a lot of work put in the weight room this season, that's what probably makes it more disappointing, that it's a freak injury. I'm just glad I protected myself and gave myself a better chance of having a better recovery being in the weight room as much as I have this season."


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