According to the Cleveland Cavaliers, injured point guard Kyrie Irving will be out two weeks with a strain in the long head tendon of his left biceps. As a result of the strain, Irving will be completey shut down for two weeks and then be reevaluated. Irving injured his bicep during the second quarter of the Cavaliers 102-80 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last night at the Staples Center. He did not return to the game. The injury was revealed during an MRI that occurred Monday upon the Cavaliers’ return to Cleveland.
In the Cavaliers’ press release announcing the injury, the team said that response to treatment will determine the next course of action for Irving. During the minimum two weeks Irving will be out, the Cavaliers will take on the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic. If Irving is able to play again this season, he will be available for the Cavaliers’ last six games of the season. But that’s a big if.
Irving has a well-chronicaled injury history dating back to his days as a Duke Blue Devil. While at Duke, Irving only played 11 games due to a toe injury. In his lockout shortened rookie campaign, Irving 51 of 66 possible games. In his second season, Irving played in 59 of 82 games. This season, Irving had only missed three total games before this injury.
Irving’s injury comes with the Cavaliers 4.5 games back of the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. At 21.6 points per game, Irving is the Cavaliers leading scorer and Cleveland will have to make up more his absence in some way. When Irving was unable to return against the Clippers, coach Mike Brown went with Jarrett Jack and Dion Waiters to start the second half. Expect those two to be starting when the Cavaliers return to the floor tomorrow night against the Miami Heat without Irving starting at point guard.