Irving: I will play Game 1

Irving has been struggling with tendinitis in his left knee as well as a right foot strain, and aggravated his knee injury in Game 6 against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, He was forced to miss practice on Saturday, but having turned out in training on Monday, he is confident that he will be fit to face the Hawks. 

"I'm going to go," Irving told reporters. "I would say just my spirits and mental confidence, just being able to actually feel both my feet underneath me, especially when I'm shooting, it feels amazing.

"You know, just a confidence of getting extra work in and just preparing with my teammates. I think that's the biggest thing I get out of it. I don't want to be on the sideline at all, especially preparing for a big stage like this.

"I want to be as close to 100 percent before Wednesday as I can be, so just doing the necessary things in order to do that."

Irving has played with his injuries throughout the playoffs and conceded that it was worth fighting through the pain as the Cavaliers have made it to the Eastern Conference finals. 

"This is the biggest stage that you want to be part of," he said. "Obviously people strive in the regular season to get to the playoffs and now I see absolutely why. There's nothing like the playoffs. Nothing at all. Whatever seeding you are, it's a big-time game. Everyone is watching and you want to be a part of it."

Cavaliers head coach David Blatt added that he has been amazed by Irving's progress and believes that the 23-year-old can be a major factor against the Hawks despite his injuries. 

"It's just good to see that he's making some progress," Blatt said. "He's not there 100 percent yet, but he's making progress and that's a very good sign. I'm hopeful."

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