Kyrie Irving may be done for season with biceps injury


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.

From Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Northeast Ohio Media Group:

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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  • boomhauertjs

    A guy with his injury history would be crazy to pass up a max extension this summer, as some in the national media have suggested.

  • BenRM

    You could not have 2 nice things at one time in Cleveland.
    – Indians make playoffs, Browns FO changes hands 17 times in one off-season
    – Browns have a very strong FA showing, Kyrie’s arm falls off

  • mgbode

    two NBA sources indicated the injury could be severe enough to tank the rest of the season

  • Natedawg86

    Will the NBA let CLE get a top 4 pick again? That is the true question

  • mgbode

    sure, why not. then, we’ll pick Embiid and he’ll spend his entire career on the injured list. Or, we won’t pick him, and he’ll be a perennial allstar.

  • woofersus

    He’d be crazy to pass it up either way.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Anything but the #4 spot.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    That Italian word comes to mind, f-r-a-g-i-l-e!

  • Kildawg

    If Irving’s done for the season, which is likely, TankStrong might as well make a comeback. This time, it would be in regards to falling a few games short of the playoffs and being able to make a serious run next year when Hawes re-signs and the Cavs bring in a legitimate Top 5 SF (Will it be Deng? Or use sign and trade to get one?).

  • mgbode

    I’m not even sure Deng is a top5 SF, but there’s no way we will get one by trading him. sign-n-trade would likely just net us a few assets for future use. Better chance using a draft pick to maybe get a good one.

    top5 SF in NBA:
    Paul George
    Kahwi Leonard, Nicolas Batum, Deng? – in some order though Deng’s stock certainly falling due to his time with us.

    And, that is if you don’t consider Melo or Durant a SF (some do, some list as PF).

  • Return of the (Alex) Mack

    I think you might be a little high on Kwai, but i can’t think of anyone out there to replace him with. Does Carmelo Anthony count as a SF? Rudy Gay maybe?

  • mgbode

    yeah, it may just be that he’s in the perfect system for his skills, but he IS in that system and not leaving it anytime soon.

  • Kildawg

    I don’t know if Deng is a top 5 SF or not, but the Cavs need to prepare for next year while playing competitive the rest of this season (and it will be tough with Irving out and Jack starting at the point). Maybe this is where we find out if Jack is worth his contract or should be traded in the offseason.