The United States remains undefeated in the 2014 FIBA World Cup following their 95-71 victory over Ukraine today in the final game of pool play. The USA, now 5-0, easily won Group C and will play in the Round of 16 on Saturday. But the big news following today’s game, especially for Cleveland Cavalier fans, is what happened to star point guard Kyrie Irving in the final seconds of the international matchup.
With under a minute to go and the Americans up nearly 25 points, Kyrie Irving put the ball on the floor and drove to the rim. Slicing inside two Ukrainian defenders in the heart of the paint, Irving elevated himself. As Kyrie made the decision to dump the ball off to Mason Plumlee, who was cutting to the hoop on the right side, Irving was seemingly hip checked by Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, who was also in the air defending the play.
Following the contact, Kyrie Irving thunderously fell to the floor and landed directly in the center of the large No. 10 on the back of his jersey. Irving, who was clearly in pain, rolled over grimacing. He remained there in pain for a short period of time before he limped off the floor to the bench, which at the very least is a good sign. He eventually would be helped back into the locker room.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) September 4, 2014
The severity of Kyrie Irving’s injury is up in the air. Indiana Pacers forward Paul George’s knee injury during a scrimmage leading up to the FIBA World Cup raised a lot of questions about high profile stars competing in international competition. If Kyrie’s injury is anything more than a little bruise, a lot of attention could be brought back onto that subject.
Once again, there are no details yet on how the extent of Irving’s back injury but at the very least, this is a scary situation for all Cavaliers fans.