NBA Notes: Cavs could shut down Irving

NBA Notes: Cavs could shut down Irving
March 7, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Kyrie Irving is averaging 23.2 points per game this season with the Cavaliers. (AP)

CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers won't risk losing Kyrie Irving for any more games. (See full story).

On Thursday, Cleveland coach Byron Scott said he will consider shutting down his All-Star point guard, who recently missed three games with a hyperextended right knee and said after Wednesday's comeback win over Utah that the injury was still bothering him.

"If Ky is hurting, I have no problem sitting him down," Scott said.

Playing his second straight game after resting for a week, Irving scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Cavs overcame a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter and beat the Jazz 104-101. Irving scored 11 points in the final 4:21, but after the game said his knee still wasn't 100 percent.

Gortat likely out for season
PHOENIX -- Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat probably is out for the rest of the season after spraining his foot during Wednesday night's loss to Toronto. (See full story).

The Suns say an MRI revealed a midfoot sprain to his right foot. Gortat will be sidelined three to four weeks, much of that time in a cast.

That timetable would mean Gortat might be back for a handful of games. But with the need for conditioning and the Suns out of playoff contention there is little urgency for a quick return.

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