Apparently the basketball injury gods were not done with Kyrie Irving yet.
Irving left Sunday night’s game with the Raptors after a collision and now the Cavaliers have announced he will be out three to four weeks with a sprained shoulder the team announced.
The injury happened with just a couple minutes left in the third quarter, Irving tried to drive baseline and collided with Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas. A foul was called and Irving got free throws, but he took them one handed (hit one of two) then came out and went straight to the locker room. Meanwhile the Cavs collapsed and lost the game.
Irving has already missed a chunk of the season with broken finger (he’s played in just 49 games this season) and has had an assortment of other injuries that have slowed him since his return. Even with that he has averaged 23 points and 5.7 assits a game and was voted an All-Star by Eastern Conference coaches.
He is a potentially franchise-changing talent but this is a lot of injuries that piled up this season. Maybe shutting him down isn’t the worst idea, you don’t want him to be one of the long list of talented NBA players undone by injuries and never reaching their potential.
This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.
The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.
With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.
Emphasis on “almost.”
The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.
The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.
After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.
The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.
Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.
The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.