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Kyrie Irving Likely Out For Preseason Game Against Heat

Kyrie Irving will likely miss the Cleveland Cavaliers' preseason game on Saturday due to a sprained right ankle, but there's a relief that the injury isn't worse.

The Cavs were concerned enough with the injury that they sent him for X-rays and and MRI, which showed no damage.

"It was crazy how it happened, I'm just glad I'm doing OK now," Irving said Thursday. "I'm just going to get ice and as much treatment as I can."

Irving said he and Varejao misread a play and both ended up in the same spot at the same time.

"We're still getting used to each other," Irving said. "LeBron saw me then Andy saw Bron's eyes, so we went to the same position. I was looking dead at LeBron, I don't know what Andy was doing. No, I'm joking, it was just a freaky play that happened."

JaVale McGee Could Miss Start Of Season With Soreness In Tibia

JaVale McGee continues to deal with soreness in his left tibia, which he injured last season, and is playing the waiting game.

“What he’s going through right now is when he has practiced and he has done physical work out there on the floor, he’s the only one that’s shown some soreness the next day,” Brian Shaw said. “But from our medical staff they say that’s pretty natural, he’s going to be sore and then he’ll take a day (off) and the soreness will go away and then he’ll do a little bit more the next time.”

McGee is a question mark to be ready for the regular season opener.

“He still may be able to go when the season starts,” Shaw said. “But I’m just judging that based on everybody else so far has not had any soreness, has not had any relapses or taken any backward steps. He’s the only one that’s feeling any pain at all. So that’s why I’m still a little cautious with him. But the other guys look strong, their tests have come back (well), and if you ask them they are ready to go. I think we’re holding them back more than anything else.”

Via Christopher Dempsey/Denver Post

Kyrie Irving Injures Leg, Tests Negative

Kyrie Irving suffered a lower right leg injury before the Cleveland Cavaliers flew to Brazil for their preseason game against the Miami Heat.

Irving was using a walking boot as he left with teammates for sightseeing on the team's day off.

Irving received X-rays and an MRI on Tuesday before the team charter left. Both tests were negative and he's considered day to day.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Alex Len Sidelined With Fractured Pinky Finger

Alen Len will be out indefinitely with a fracture of the right hand fifth finger (pinky), the Phoenix Suns announced on Tuesday. 

Len will be re-evaluated on Oct. 15.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Victor Oladipo Suffers Sprained MCL

Victor Oladipo suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee during practice, the Orlando Magic announced on Monday.

Oladipo return will be dependant on how his knee responds to treatment.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Steve Nash Tweaks Ankle, Expected To Return To Practice

Steve Nash tweaked his left ankle in the Los Angeles Lakers' practice on Saturday.

Nash is expected to return to practice as soon as Saturday night or Sunday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nick Young Expected To Miss Eight Weeks With Torn Ligament In Thumb

Nick Young underwent an MRI exam on Friday showing that the Los Angeles Lakers' guard has a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament.

Young suffered the injury in practice on Thursday.

Young will undergo surgery on his thumb on Monday, and an estimate for Young’s return will be given at that time.

Young is expected to miss eight weeks, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cavaliers Could Rest LeBron At Times During Regular Season

David Blatt is open to resting LeBron James at times during the Cleveland Cavaliers' regular season to keep him fresh for the playoffs.

James' back has felt "iffy" this week, but he's participated fully in training camp until Friday.

"Certainly could," Blatt said about resting James during the season. "It's not specifically planned at this point. In other words, we didn't sit down and already write up a plan for what game he would miss or what practice he would miss, but it could [happen] depending on need."

James has played in 842 out of a possible 886 regular season games over his first 11 seasons in the NBA.

"I'm 29 years old, and I can still fly above the rim," James said on media day. "I don't need to lose weight to do that, not at this point in my career."

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Channing Frye Suffers Sprained MCL

Channing Frye suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during a drill in Thursday's practice session with the Orlando Magic.

Frye doesn't have a timetable for when he will return to the court.

Frye was signed to a $32 million contract in the offseason.

Via Evan Dunlap/Orlando Pinstriped Post

Martell Webster To Consider Retirement At 30 After Final Three Years Of Contract

Martell Webster underwent his third back surgery in four years during the offseason and says he intends to retire once the final three years of his contract are up.

“I know this game is probably not going to be the healthiest thing for me if I try to stretch it out as much as a possibly can,” Webster said. “So I intend to really give everything I got for these last three years of my contract and probably walk away from this game so I can be healthy.”

Webster, 27, will be 30 years old when the four-year, $22 million contract he signed with Wizards last summer expires. Webster turned pro after high school so he is already entering his 10th NBA season.

“I’ve always wanted to retire young,” Webster said. “I love this game and I respect this game, but I only want to be in it as long as I can be effective and as long as I can feel comfortable.”

Via Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Wade Plans On Abandoning Maintenance Program

Dwyane Wade sat out 28 games last season for the Heat as part of a planned maintenance program to ease fatigue on his troublesome knees.
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