OAKLAND — As the Cavaliers try to win their first NBA championship, they will now be without yet another star. Kyrie Irving suffered a left knee injury in overtime of Game 1 of the Finals, and the initial prognosis was that it was unlikely he would play Sunday’s Game 2.
The reality is much, much worse. From the team’s official press release:
Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving left last night’s NBA Finals game one in the overtime period with a left knee injury. He received an MRI today at Stanford Sports Medicine Clinic, which revealed a fractured left knee cap. He will have surgery to repair the knee in the coming days at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland by Cavaliers head team physician Dr. Richard Parker. His recovery time is projected to be three to four months and his status will be updated as appropriate.
This news is awful on several levels. It’s probably a series-ender for the Cavs, who will have to be without their other primary scorer besides LeBron James against the Warriors’ deep, balanced defense. It sucks for fans hoping to see a competitive series.
But most of all, it sucks for Irving, who has battled injuries throughout the playoffs and not been himself. He started to look better in Game 1, until the injury. Now, he will join Kevin Love watching the rest of the Finals from the sidelines.
And that’s not good for anybody.