Independence, OHIO – Kyrie Irving will make his 2016-17 debut tomorrow night for the Cavs against the Philadelphia 76ERS. Tristan Thompson however will not play tomorrow after having a MRI done on his left foot.
Head Coach Tyronn Lue said that the MRI showed nothing major and there were “no problems at all.” Thompson, who missed the preseason opener Wednesday, did participate in practice this afternoon from the Cleveland Clinic Courts. Lue noted that he is still going to hold Tristan out for the next couple of games. The fifth year pro has played in all 82 games in each of the last four season.
When pressed about playing time in the second preseason game Lue stated that Irving, Kevin Love and LeBron James will play somewhere between 14-15 minutes.
The Cavs will be cautious with Irving this preseason in order to keep his legs fresh for the long run. Lue said earlier this week that the team wants to monitor the “wear and tear” that Irving’s body has endured over his long summer of basketball related activities.
Uncle Drew and the Cavaliers host the 76ERS tomorrow night inside Quicken Loans Arena with tip off scheduled for 7:30p.