When Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving left Sunday night’s game with an apparent biceps injury, hopes were that he could rest and make it back for Tuesday night’s contest against LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Updated reports, however, have a bit of a different story: Irving may be lucky to make it back for any of the team’s remaining games as an MRI may prove to end his season.
Irving, the Cavs All-Star point guard, left the game with a left biceps injury late in the first quarter, and he left the arena with his left arm in a sling. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday in Cleveland, but two NBA sources indicated the injury could be severe enough to end his season in the worst case scenario.
“That‟s the nature of the business, to go out there and try to contribute,” said Irving’s teammate Jarrett Jack following the game. “[Kyrie Irving] is our key guy. Leading the team, fueling the break, so a number of us have to step up in his absence.”
The Cavs sit at 26-41 with playoff hopes faint enough to merely tease us at this point (4.5 games back with 15 to play), losing Irving for an extended amount of time—or the season—would be enough to pull the plug.
Setting a goal to play in all 82 games this season, Irving, prior to this injury, missed just three games to this point due to a left knee contusion. He suited up several times after succumbing to a form of a stomach flu and even played through a broken nose suffered in a contest with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Results of Irving’s MRI should be known by late Monday.
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