Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut has revealed that he is baffled as to why the Cleveland Cavaliers keep discussing point guard Kyrie Irving’s injury.
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It is well documented that Irving has been struggling with knee tendinitis over the last month, which has in turn forced him to sit out a significant portion of the playoffs.
While he has missed time against both the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, Irving has insisted that he will play through the pain and feature in Game 1 of the NBA Finals 2015 on Thursday night.
Sceptics will suggest that he was able to contribute a lot for a hobbled star in the close-out game against the Hawks, and they will expect him to be fine come tip off.
However, Bogut can’t quite understand why it keeps being brought up considering there are injuries all across both rosters as the Australian insists every player is struggling with something at this time of the season.
“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. 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.”
Given the point guard’s important to the Cavaliers, it is arguably only natural that his condition is being well reported and constantly spoken about by those around him as he could have a huge influence on the series.
Further, the media have also been asking regularly for updates and so it essentially isn’t just the Cavs bringing it up all the time.
Nevertheless, Bogut does have a point and he along with many others will be looking forward to the talking to be over when the Finals get underway on Thursday.