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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard was injured Thursday during Team USA’s 95-71 win over Ukraine in FIBA World Cup group play at

With about a minute to go in the game, Irving was driving to the basket when he had his shot blocked and he fell to the ground hard. He clutched his back as he was helped to the locker room by a trainer.

U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski told ESPN after the game that the team does not think that Irving suffered a serious injury.

Irving spoke after the game and said the landing looked worse than it was. He said his muscle was sore but his tailbone was fine.

“I’m fine,” he said, adding there is no doubt that he will continue to play.

Irving scored 11 points, six assists and had four steals as Team USA pulled away from a Ukrainian team that held a seven-point, first quarter lead.

–The Toronto Raptors announced they have signed free-agent center Greg Stiemsma. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Stiemsma, 6-foot-11, 260-pounder out of Wisconsin, averaged 2.9 points with a career-high 4.1 rebounds per game last season with New Orleans. He started 20 games.

Stiemsma has played for New Orleans, Minnesota and Boston. He owns career averages of 3.4 points, 3.6 rebounds per game in 186 games.

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