Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will be named the NBA's Rookie of the Year on Tuesday, according to multiple Monday morning reports.
The news was first broken on Twitter by beat writer Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (@PDcavsinsider), who wrote that a press conference to announce the award will be held Tuesday morning at the Cavaliers' practice facility in Independence, Ohio. That report was seconded by Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal (@JasonLloydABJ) who cited a league source with details of the announcement.
Irving, the top overall pick in last year's NBA draft led the Cavaliers in both scoring (18.5 points per game) and assists (5.4). His scoring average was tops among rookies, as were his 87.2 free-throw percentage and his 17.7 efficiency rating, while his assists average was second only to Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (8.2). Cleveland finished fifth in the Midwest Division with a record of 21-45.
The 20-year-old Irving will be just the second Cavaliers player to win Rookie of the Year honors. The other, LeBron James, recently won his third MVP award.
---Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh has a strained abdominal muscle and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Monday after an MRI exam confirmed the injury.
The 28-year-old Bosh suffered the injury in the first half of a 95-86 win over the Pacers on Sunday in the first game of the Eastern Conference semifinals The second game of the series is scheduled for Tuesday night in Miami.
---Suns point guard Steve Nash and Celtics head coach Doc Rivers were honored Monday by the Professional Basketball Writers Association for their cooperation with media and fans.
Nash received the Magic Johnson Award, while Rivers won the Rudy Tomjonavich Award. Last year's winners were Kevin Durant of the Thunder and Jerry Sloan of the Jazz, respectively.