Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is officially on the road to recovery.
The Cavaliers announced today in a press release that Irving had successful surgery to repair his fracture his left knee cap and he is expected to be fully recovered in three to four months. Irving injured his knee in overtime during Game 1 on the NBA Finals and he is out for the playoffs. Here is the press release in full:
Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving had successful surgery this morning in Cleveland at the Cleveland Clinic to repair his fractured left knee cap. The surgery was performed by Cavaliers head team physician Dr. Richard Parker and Dr. Damien Billow. Dr. James Rosneck assisted. Irving's return to basketball activity is projected to be in three to four months and appropriate updates will be issued as he moves through the recovery process
OFFICIAL STATUS UPDATE: @KyrieIrving undergoes successful surgery. [DETAILS]: http://t.co/y0BXwE5kMt pic.twitter.com/VvlvbInIiN— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 6, 2015
If Irving is back in four months, he'd be ready for the start of the season. If Kevin Love is also healthy, that means the Cavaliers would enter next season at full strength. Irving finished his first playoffs averaging 19.2 points and 3.8 assists per game.
Game 2 of the NBA Finals is at 8 p.m. on Sunday in Oakland. Matthew Dellavedova is expected to start in place of Irving at point guard.