Take my word for it as someone who watches an inordinate amount of NBA League Pass, there was only two reasons to tune in to Cleveland Cavaliers games — Kyrie Irving and whoever they were playing against.
Now the Cavaliers will be without Irving — he has a hairline fracture on his left index finger and will be out for the next month, the team announced Monday night. No surgery is required, it will just be in a splint and taped up.
The injury occurred in the third quarter of the Cavaliers loss Saturday to Dallas, although at the time it was just though to be a contusion. He played against Philadelphia on Sunday and struggled to score (4-of-14 shooting), which now we know was due to more than just Jrue Holiday’s defense (although he was good).
It was a freak injury, but this is the third year in a row he has had to miss significant time (he missed 15 games last season and most of his senior year at Duke due to injuries).
Irving was fifth in the NBA in scoring per game at 22.9 points, was shooting 39 percent from three plus he was added 5.6 assists and 3.7 rebounds a game. To say he was the heart and soul of the Cavaliers offense is to understate his importance — he was the Cavaliers offense.
With him out, Donald Sloan will likely start at the point and Dion Waiters — who has struggled this season — will be asked to do more. It’s going to be a rough month for Cavaliers fans (and they already lost six in a row with Irving).
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The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.
Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.
Multiple Mavs sources say they have nothing brewing with Larry Sanders. But they'd be in front of line if he wanted to play ball again.