Kyrie Irving blamed bed bugs—not the flu bug—for knocking him out of Sunday's game in Oklahoma City.
The Cavaliers star guard said following Monday's loss to Detroit that he left the nationally televised game against the Thunder after playing just 9 minutes because he was "freaked out" and tired after he was bitten on the head by bed bugs.
The Cavaliers stayed in a hotel in Oklahoma City on Saturday night.
The team said Irving was bothered by flu-like symptoms, but Irving said he got only three hours' sleep after he saw five bugs on his pillow. He spent the rest of the night on a couch in his room.
Without Irving for most of the game, the Cavs beat the Thunder 115-92.
Irving said he felt better Monday, when he scored a team-high 30 points in Cleveland's 96-88 loss to the Pistons.