Kyrie Irving with LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with guard Kyrie Irving (2) after a 106-101 win over the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 of the second round of the NBA playoffs. James says Irving is a big reason behind his decision to return to the Cavs. Reuters/David Richard/USA Today Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers can look forward to next season without worrying about the long-term health of star point guard Kyrie Irving, who recently stated that he won’t need surgery for his injuries. Irving, who is suffering from a right foot strain and left knee tendinitis, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that all he needed is rest and time off basketball for his injuries to heal.

However, with the Cavaliers in the middle of a deep playoff run, Irving is playing through pain to help LeBron James and company give the Cleveland franchise its first-ever NBA championship.

"Our medical team told me the only way this will feel better with both legs is just to shut me down completely and rest. That's the only thing that would help me right now," Irving said before Game 6 of Cleveland's East Semifinals series against the Chicago Bulls. Cleveland won to advance to the next round, facing the winner of the Atlanta-Washington series.

The Cavaliers are already missing star forward Kevin Love, the third member of Cleveland’s Big Three, who is out due to a shoulder injury. The team’s best player, James, also suffered minor injuries -- such as a sprained ankle -- earlier in the series against the Bulls.

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