CLEVELAND -- On the same night the Cavaliers welcomed Kevin Love back to the lineup, the snakebit club had to finish its 91-83 win over the Utah Jazz on Thursday with two new injuries to its starting backcourt.
The good news for the defending champs -- who were also without Kyle Korver for a fifth straight game because of a sore foot and didn't have Derrick Williams either because of a quad contusion -- is that the injuries to Irving and Shumpert appear to be manageable.
"Nothing serious," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of Irving. "He's fine. Just to be cautious or whatever, but he's good. And Shump is going to be day-to-day, he's fine, too. We got out of that being pretty lucky, considering all of our injuries we've had so far this season. That's a plus for us, but it's just part of a season."
The injury history of both players is cause for concern. Irving had the same left knee operated on in the summer of 2015 after fracturing his left kneecap in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Shumpert had the same left shoulder dislocated in December 2014, causing him to be sidelined for the first several weeks with the Cavs when he was acquired in a trade from the New York Knicks.
"Just probably the last 48 hours it's been kind of sore," said Irving, who scored 21 points -- his 17th straight game with 20 points or more -- in 30 minutes. "Tried to give it a go tonight. And, you know, playing the whole third and kind of sitting down, it started getting tight. So, I went to Bron and said, 'You got this?' He said, 'Yeah' and for precautionary reasons [I] just left the game."
Shumpert did not speak to reporters after the game, but J.R. Smith, who was a teammate of his on the Knicks when he last hurt his left shoulder, relayed a conversation with the Cavs guard.
"I've seen Shump go out time and time again and never really know what the case may be, but it was a great feeling when I walked back in and he said it was nothing serious," Smith said. "A guy like Ky, somebody who means so much to our team on and off the court, it's tough to see those guys go down, of course. But when I went down it was next man up. When Kev went down it was next man up. Just got to live by that motto, I guess."
Love finished with 10 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes in his return.
Both Korver and Williams are expected back as soon as Cleveland's next game Saturday on the road against the LA Clippers, as is Irving.
"I'm going to see my masseuse, get some treatment in the morning, and take this four-hour ride to L.A. that we're all dreading, but we're looking forward to being out on the West Coast to start our trip," said Irving. "But we'll just see in the next few days. I'm hoping that I don't have to miss any days, but if it really comes down to that and the bigger picture is way more important than a few days, then that's what it's going to be. But as of right now I'm fine."