The Cleveland Cavaliers will be following what their head coach Byron Scott has labeled “NBA Protocol” as the “Cleveland Plain Dealer” reports that the team will keep rookie point guard Kyrie Irving on the sidelines this weekend as he recovers from a concussion he sustained earlier in the week in a loss to the Miami Heat. The 19-year-old who was taken by the Cavaliers with the number one selection in the 2011 NBA Draft will miss two games as his team will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night and then welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday.
The Association adopted a new policy for dealing with players who have suffered concussions at the beginning of this season. Players are now required to go through a multi-step program after being diagnosed with a concussion before they are given medical clearance to return to the floor. Scott told reporters “We all know how serious this thing can be. That’s why we are taking such a cautious look at this so that when he comes back he is OK. The NBA has done a terrific job with trying to diagnose and figure out what to do with concussions. Being cautious about it is important. Kyrie understands. He wasn’t real happy about it the other night, but I think he understands we’re doing all this in his best interest.”
Irving was on the bench on Wednesday night as Cleveland defeated the Los Angeles Clippers with Ramon Sessions getting the start in his place. Sessions will again get the starting nod for the two games this weekend.