After a tough fall in Team USA’s blowout win over Ukraine, Kyrie Irving is good to go as the team gets ready for their win or go home game against Mexico at 10 AM EST on Saturday.
Sam Amick of USA Today is reporting from Spain that both Irving and Team USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski downplayed the fall on Friday, a day after the Cavalier guard took a shot to the body and crashed to the floor, sending Team USA and Cavalier fans into a worrisome spiral on Thursday afternoon.
“I’m all right,” Irving told reporters Friday in Barcelona. “I mean it was a little bit of a concern when it happened. I was a little bit worried. It was a tough fall on my back, just a light bruise that I took in the fourth quarter. But it’s part of the game … I’m all right. I’m a little bit more sore than I thought I would be, but like I said it was just a tough fall that I took yesterday and I’m just glad I’m OK.”
Irving is no stranger to bumps and bruises, missing most of his freshman year at Duke and significant stretches during his first three seasons in the league, but it appears his latest knock is much ado about nothing.
Coach K told the media that Irving will not have any restrictions going forward and that his point guard is good to go.
“He went through the whole workout,” Krzyzewski said. “He was a little bit sore to begin with, but he worked his soreness out and he’s ready to go a hundred percent.”