The worst case scenario for Kyrie Irving has been realized.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have announced that Irving has a fracture in his left knee cap and is out for the remainder of the playoffs. Irving left last night's 108-100 loss to the Warriors in overtime due to the injury and had an MRI today. His projected recovery time is 3-4 months and he will have surgery shortly. The Cavs announced the movie in a 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 is obviously a huge blow for the Cavs, who already are without Kevin Love due to a shoulder injury Love suffered in round one. Although he had been slowed by tendinitis, Irving was having a solid playoffs. He finishes his first playoffs averaging 19 points and 3.8 assists while shooting 43.8 percent from the field in 35.7 minutes per game. During the regular season, Irving averaged 21.7 points and 5.2 assists.
The Cavs next play on Sunday. Game 2 tips off at 8 p.m.