The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that further test results on the shoulder of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving resulted in a left AC (acromioclavicular) sprain as a result from his collision with Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas in Sunday night’s loss. Irving will undergo a period of rest and treatment and is currently projected to miss the next three-to-four weeks of action.
Following the collision, which was deemed a foul, Irving shot both free throws one-handed, and went to the locker room and did not return.
“It feels like crap,” Irving said of his shoulder following the game. “I have been hit that way a lot of times, but I have never had a feeling like this. It is what it is.”
There are five weeks of regular season play remaining as the Cavs wrap things up at home against the Miami Heat on April 15 and in Charlotte against the Bobcats on the April 17.
Irving, the reigning Rookie of the Year, was averaging 23 points and six assists this season, ranking 13th in PER (22.2). He missed time earlier this season with a fractured finger as well as a hyper-extended knee. At Monday’s practice, Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott affirmed his belief that Irving’s injuries are “freakish” and not chronic nor due to his style of play, adding that Irving — due to his age — still has physical development and growth ahead of him.
Veteran point guard Shaun Livingston is expected to start in Irving’s place with rookie guard Dion Waiters taking on the bulk of the scoring load.