Kyrie Irving injured his shoulder in the third quarter of the Cavaliers 110-99 win over the Warriors Thursday night, but the in-game report was that he “bumped” his left shoulder and Irving played through it in the fourth.
Turns out it was more than a bump.
Irving did not board the Cavaliers team plane to Indianapolis Thursday night and is listed as doubtful for Friday night’s game against the Pacers, Cleveland announced after Thursday’s win. Instead of shootaround, Irving will spend his Friday morning getting an MRI at the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Clinic on his left shoulder.
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While NBA teams can give out MRI’s like candy on Halloween, the fact the Cavs are going through all this with Irving suggests they are at least concerned about something. Hopefully the MRI shows nothing serious, the injury gods have taken a significant enough toll on this NBA season.
Without Irving (who you have to think is going to miss at least Friday), expect a lot more Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova in Indiana. Oh, and I suppose they can give the ball to that LeBron James guy, too. He’s pretty good.