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Kyrie Irving: ‘I just don’t have it right now’

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) moves the ball as Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) looks on during the first half in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Kyrie Irving plans to play Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals despite battling injuries to his left knee and right foot.

That’s just how he’s made up.

But – coming off a lukewarm Game 1 – Irving is blunt about his ability.

Irving, via Shaun Powell of

“I just don’t have it right now,” he said.

For someone who doesn’t have it right now, Irving played pretty well in Game 1. His 10 points and six assists in 27 minutes weren’t up to his usual standards, but he was still a positive contributor.

Cleveland can shift the burden onto Matthew Dellavedova, and LeBron James takes a lot of point guard responsibility anyway. But the Cavaliers can definitely use Irving. They don’t really have another point guard besides Dellavedova. A hobbled Irving is better than someone else trying to play out of position.

The formula worked for the Cavs in Game 1. They’ll try to repeat it in Game 2 tonight despite Irving’s grim self-assessment. What other choice do they have?