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The Skirvin is haunted with bedbugs…

10:30 AM EST on February 23, 2016

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As you know, the Oklahoma City Thunder suffered an embarrassing home blowout loss to the Cavs on Sunday afternoon. To make the national TV loss even more humiliating than usual, the Cavs were able to score the win without the services of arguably their second best player, point guard Kyrie Irving, who played only a handful of minutes because he suffered from flu-like symptoms.

Well, at least that was the excuse on Sunday. Now we've learned that Irving missed the game because of bed bugs at the Skirvin:

Kyrie Irving said it wasn't a stomach bug that caused him to miss most of the Cleveland Cavaliers' win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

It was actually a bout with bed bugs from the night before.

"Our team said I was out with flu-like symptoms," Irving said after the Cavs' 96-88 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday. "It was honestly from the bed bugs from the frickin' Hilton that we stayed at."

The Cavs, like most NBA teams that visit Oklahoma City for road games, stayed at the historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel. Not only is it known as the oldest hotel in OKC, but it also has a reputation for being haunted by a ghost named "Effie," a former housekeeper at the establishment...

Irving played just nine minutes against the Thunder before exiting the game for good.

"As you can see, I got it at the top of my head," Irving continued, while lifting up his baseball cap to show a bite mark on his forehead. "It's just like bed bugs and I didn't get any sleep. We came into the game, then I was freaked out, then I started feeling nauseous, so it was just a whole bunch of B.S., honestly."

The three-time All-Star said none of his teammates experienced any problems with bed bugs, but he added, "I know they had a pretty s----- night, though.

"But it is what it is. I feel like I got the worst of it. I wound up sleeping on the couch, [and] waking up, my back was tight. It was a long night two nights ago. I just wanted to get back home to Cleveland."

Irving continued: "I got three hours [of sleep]. Just imagine how freaked out you'd be if you saw friggin' five, big-ass bed bugs just sitting on your pillow. I woke up itching, and I'm just looking around, and I'm like, 'Are you serious right now?' It was 3 a.m., and I was so tired at that point. It was, whatever."

Uhm, can someone send an exterminator to Dion Waiters house to check for bed bugs? Maybe that would explain why he's so bad at the game of basketball!

Anyway, this is bad news for the Skirvin. The place has been haunted for like 100 years and they still haven't hired an exorcist. It makes you wonder how long it will take for them to find an exterminator. ESPN talked to a spokesperson from the hotel to find out:

A spokesperson for the Skirvin confirmed to that there were indeed bed bugs found in Irving's room.

"Unfortunately, every hotel occasionally has a case of bed bugs," the spokesperson said. "This is one of those cases where a guest did bring in bed bugs to this particular room, and it was reported to us, fortunately, and we responded immediately and put the room out of order and all of the surrounding rooms to be inspected by a professional company.

"We actually had the company come out first thing [Monday] morning, and we found it was an isolated case in the one room, and we're taking the necessary steps to remediate the problem."

Question. If all the NBA teams stay at the Skirvin, why the hell would we want to get rid of the bed bugs? I'd kind of like for Steph Curry to wake up at 3:00am covered in bedbugs with a ghost circling over his bed. Thanks to the terrible moves by Sam Presti, OKC needs all the help they can get.

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