Cavs' Kyrie Irving misses Game 2 due to left knee tendinitis

ATLANTA -- Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving missed Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, a 94-82 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night, after he had his ailing left knee examined by Dr. James Andrews.

Irving had been listed as questionable after scoring only 10 points and sitting out the final eight minutes of the Cavaliers' victory in Game 1.

"[There was a] medical evaluation, and there was a decision on their part it was best to hold him out," Cavs coach David Blatt said.

Irving aggravated his left knee in the third quarter of Game 1 and had said late Wednesday that he was "pretty confident I'll go" in Game 2. Blatt had presented it as a question of pain tolerance Friday morning, but the team was clear in its latest update that Irving was mandated to sit out Game 2.

"We're evaluating as we go forward," Blatt said, adding that he hopes Irving can return in the series.

Matthew Dellavedova started at point guard in Irving's place, with LeBron James assuming an expanded role handling the ball.

"Next man up," James said following a shootaround earlier Friday. "No excuses. No one's going to feel sorry for us no matter who's out."

Irving didn't attend the shootaround. The team announced about 90 minutes before the game that Cavaliers physician Dr. Richard Parker accompanied Irving on the visit to Andrews in Pensacola, Florida. Irving's examination by Andrews did not include an MRI, according to the Cavs.

The team announced that Irving is questionable for Sunday's Game 3 in Cleveland.

Irving's knee tendinitis surfaced in the second round against the Chicago Bulls as the All-Star point guard overcompensated from a strained right foot that he suffered in the first round against the Boston Celtics. A league source told ESPN.com that Irving's foot has responded well to treatment and now his main issue is the left knee.

Irving attended Game 2 and underwent treatment in the arena during the contest. Irving, along with Parker and Andrews, agreed to a new treatment plan for his knee moving forward after Andrews offered a "different interpretation" of Irving's injury, a league source told ESPN.com.

The point guard is averaging 18.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 46.9 percent from 3 in 11 games in the 2015 postseason.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.