There has been no shortage of updates on Kyrie Irving’s injuries during the playoffs.
At ProBasketballTalk alone, we’ve had this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.
Are you tired of hearing about Irving’s health?
Warriors center Andrew Bogut sounds like he is.
Bogut, via Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:
“There’s probably 15 guys on this team that’s carrying an injury right now,” Bogut told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “There are probably 15 guys on their team that’s carrying an injury. We’re (Warriors) not going to release everything. You don’t want to release some stuff. [Injures] are a part of the game. If you get to this point in the season, you’re going to have tendinitis, arthritis and contusions. You’re going to have your body hurting.”
“I don’t know what it does for them [in Cavaliers talking about it all the time] or what they’re trying to do with it,” Bogut said. “We’re not really worried about it. We’ve got guys banged up; they’ve got guys banged up. We’ll be ready to go.”
Bogut is probably correct that all players are dealing with at least some bumps and bruises at this point.
But Irving missed two games in the conference finals. His injuries rise to another level.
Plus, he’s a huge factor in his team’s success – which differentiates him from the Warriors’ Marreese Speights, who has also missed playoff games. Irving’s health
So, yes, it’s a tired topic. But if you’re analyzing the NBA Finals, it’s also an important one.
I appreciate the Cavaliers – and it’s been David Blatt more than Irving – openly addressing it.