OAKLAND -– Warriors coach Steve Kerr responded Sunday to allegations by the Cleveland Cavaliers that the knee injury sustained by point guard Kyrie Irving came when his knee made contact with that of Warriors guard Klay Thompson.
Asked on Sunday about the comments made by Cavs coach David Blatt and general manager David Griffin after Irving fractured his left knee in Game 1 on Thursday, Kerr said the comments were new to him.
“I have no idea,” he said. “That is the first time I’ve ever heard that. I didn’t notice anything. Klay never said anything.
“If it did happen, obviously it was in the flow of the game.”
Irving went down with 2:22 left in the overtime period of a 108-100 Warriors victory. Video replays were inconclusive, but there was no hard contact. There may have been incidental contact, if any.
Blatt didn’t outright suggest intent but clearly believed there was contact with Thompson.
“My take on the injury was that he got kneed in the side of the knee,” Blatt said on Saturday. “It was a contact injury, and the result was a fracture of the kneecap.”
The issue is pertinent in the sense that there is some uncertainty about the origin of Irving’s injury. He was diagnosed as having tendinitis in his left knee and that diagnosis is being questioned in the wake of the fracture.
The Cavaliers are saying Irving indeed had tendinitis and that the fracture is a completely different – and unrelated – injury.