We covered last night that Kyrie Irving was injured in the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers, a game that was well out of hand. Irving did not return for the game but one thought was that he was held out for precautionary purposes. Now comes this from the Plain Dealer:
It’s possible the Cavaliers lost Kyrie Irving for the season in Sunday’s 102-80 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night at Staples Center.
Irving, the Cavs All-Star point guard, left the game with a left biceps injury late in the first quarter, and he left the arena with his left arm in a sling. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday in Cleveland, but two NBA sources indicated the injury could be severe enough to end his season in the worst case scenario.
That would obviously be a huge blow to the Cavaliers playoff hopes as they chase the 8th and final playoff spot. After defeating the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors the Cavs looked like they may have turned a corner and were ready to race out to a few wins in this tough March schedule. Now not so much. As the PD story talks about this is another year with a major injury for Irving who worked hard this summer to prepare for a rugged schedule and to stay healthy.
At this point the Cavs are 4.5 games out of the 8th seed in the pathetic East. They also sit with the 9th worst record and are only 4 games better then the 4th worst record in the league. Saying the Cavs are closer to the bottom then the playoffs is somewhat accurate, especially without Irving. With their tough March schedule its possible the team bottoms out on their way to a top 5 or 6 pick in next year’s vaunted draft. Nothing is definite yet though and teams often respond for a few games after their star goes out.
How does this injury impact your thoughts on Irving? Did you see the Cavs having a chance at the playoffs after the last 2 games, before the Clippers blowout? What is your prediction for the team if Irving is out for the remainder of the season?