Cavs’ Irv­ing has frac­tured knee cap, will be out for 3-4 months

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Cleve­land Cava­liers guard Kyrie Irv­ing has a frac­tured left knee cap and will have surgery that rules him out of the rest of the NBA Fi­nals.

The Cava­liers said Fri­day that an MRI exam at Stan­ford Sports Medicine Clinic re­vealed the in­jury and that Irv­ing’s pro­jected re­cov­ery time was three to four months.

Irv­ing limped off the court dur­ing over­time of Cleve­land’s 108-100 loss to Golden State on Thurs­day night in Game 1 of the NBA Fi­nals. He left the arena on crutches, and Cavs coach David Blatt said he heard Irv­ing was still on crutches Fri­day morn­ing.

The team said surgery will be per­formed at the Cleve­land Clinic in Cleve­land by Cava­liers head team physi­cian Dr. Richard Parker.

Be­fore learn­ing of Irv­ing’s di­ag­no­sis, Blatt said the team hoped the All-Star point guard would be able to play Sun­day in Game 2, but that the Cava­liers would ad­just if not. They are al­ready with­out Kevin Love be­cause of a shoul­der in­jury.

“As far as how we pre­pare, we’ve been through this. We’ve played games with­out Kevin, with­out Kyrie,” Blatt said. “We know how we want to play when they’re not in there. From that stand­point, we can pre­pare. Our main con­cern right now though is just Kyrie’s health. That’s all.”

Irv­ing has been both­ered by foot and then knee pain for most of his first post­sea­son. He missed two games dur­ing the Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nals, but played well Thurs­day, fin­ish­ing with 23 points be­fore leav­ing with 2 min­utes left in the ex­tra pe­riod.

Matthew Dellave­dova stepped in dur­ing Irv­ing’s ab­sence in the last round but played only 9 score­less min­utes Thurs­day.

LeBron James said Fri­day the Cavs would be pre­pared no mat­ter who was avail­able.

“Well, there are a few things that you would love to have go­ing late in the sea­son,” he said. “That’s be­ing healthy, hav­ing a great rhythm, and then you need a lit­tle luck as well. We’ve had a great rhythm. We haven’t had much luck, and we haven’t been healthy. But I haven’t got­ten dis­cour­aged.

“I un­der­stand the mo­ment that I’m in, and I’m not too much wor­ried about the game. I’m wor­ried about the mo­ment. I’m happy with the mo­ment. I’m ex­cited to be in this mo­ment once again, and I’m go­ing to stay strong for my team, no mat­ter who is or is not in the lineup.”

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