The Atlanta Hawks are, quite obviously, facing a daunting task in Game 4 and beyond, but their opponent will receive an infusion of talent on Tuesday night, as Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is active and will start in the game.
Kyrie Irving is playing and starting Game 4. Cavs will continue to evaluate and monitor him throughout the game. No minutes restriction.— Zach Dillard (@Zach_Dillard) May 27, 2015
Irving has missed the past two games as a result of a knee injury, with the All-Star point guard consulting Dr. James Andrews prior to his Game 2 absence in Atlanta. Since his exit, the Cavaliers have improved greatly on the defensive end, with sudden villain Matthew Dellavedova serving as a pesky defender against the likes of Jeff Teague, Dennis Schröder and Shelvin Mack in place of a clearly hampered Irving.
While the Cavs have shared no implicit minutes restriction for Irving, it will be interesting to see how much he plays in a game where Cleveland isn't facing a must-win situation. Stay tuned throughout the night for more updates and full coverage of Game 4.