Kyrie Irving to miss month with fractured finger
The supposedly injury prone guard had entered the training camp hoping to avoid missing time this season. Kyrie Irving injured his right hand during the Cleveland Cavalier’ Las Vegas trip in the offseason by pounding his fist on the padded wall after a turnover. The injury eventually required an offseason hand surgery.
"I'm not worried about being injury prone," Kyrie Irving stated during training camp. "Not at all."
The 20-year-old Kyrie Irving even packed a few pounds of muscle during training camp, to avoid injuries on contact and drives, which he eventually lost.
But now, he’s done it again.
Kyrie Irving fractured his finger during the third quarter of Saturday’s 103-95 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, but still managed to rack up 26 points in the game. The Cleveland Cavaliers initially misdiagnosed the injury to the finger as a contusion and Kyrie Irving returned the following night against the Philadelphia 76ers to record a season-low nine points on 4-of-14 shooting.
However, on Monday after an MRI and several other test, the Cleveland Cavaliers determined Kyrie Irving had suffered a hairline fracture to the left index finger, which will keep him out for a month. However, the return schedule is open to changes since Kyrie Irving is slated to be revaluated after two weeks.
For now, the treatment is non-surgical and Kyrie Irving has been set on his way with a split and tape holding the fractured finger.
The injury comes at a bad time for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving, who ranked sixth league averaging 22.9 points and 5.6 assists per game into the season. Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott hasn’t been shy of hiding his disappointment in the team’s defense but now with the heart of the offense gone as well, he could be facing bigger issues on both side of the court when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are already on a seven game losing streak despite Kyrie Irving running the offense. And with a series of road games ahead, starting with Friday night, things could only get worse without Kyrie Irving for the 2-8 Cleveland Cavaliers, who rank 13th in the Eastern Conference.
Byron Scott will have to make drastic changes to his starting lineup and shuffle-up the rotation to compensate Kyrie Irving’s absence over the next four weeks. Donald Sloan will likely start at the spot, while Byron Scott could also move rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters to the point guard spot demanding more minutes of him.
Whether you twist it one way or the other, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ season appears prematurely doomed.