Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, who is out for the playoffs with a left kneecap fracture, spoke to the media today for the first since injuring his knee. Sporting a red cast on his left leg, Irving said that the collision with Warriors guard Klay Thompson that caused the injury was a 'freak play' and that playing a heavy minute load despite playing with tendinitis and a foot injury did not play a part in his injury.
Irving also told Rachel Nichols of CNN and Turner sports that he should be out of his cast in a week.
Kyrie Irving on his knee injury: "It was just a freak play." Says his heavy minute load had nothing to do with it.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 10, 2015
#Cavaliers Kyrie Irving at the arena today in a cast and on crutches. Just told me he should get cast off in a week. pic.twitter.com/vRJ7LeTsLO— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 10, 2015
Irving is expected to be fully healed in 3-4 months, meaning that barring any setbacks, he'll be ready to play by the start of the 2015-16 season. His injury, while serious, is also one that shouldn't have any long term impact on his career despite the number of injuries Irving has suffered so far in his career.
Before the fracture, Irving was averaging 19 points and 3.8 assists in the playoffs. In 13 games, Irving averaged 35.7 minutes, .7 minutes less than he played per game during the regular season. During the game he was injured in, Irving had played 43 minutes, scoring 23 points and 6 assists. Due the Cavs being shorthanded, he has been officially listed as a 'DNP-Coaches Decision' because the Cavs are already short players and need him available to meet the minimum roster requirements.