The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 102-80 Sunday night, but may have lost more than just the game. Guard Kyrie Irving left the game late in the first quarter and departed from the arena with his arm in a sling. It was a reported bicep injury and Cleveland.com's Mary Schmitt Boyer believes Irving could be done for the season.
Before losing the guard, the Cavaliers were already struggling. They allowed the Clippers to score the first 11 points of the game and Irving missed his first five attempts from the floor.
Los Angeles was able to get what they wanted throughout most of the game. The Cavs made runs in the third and fourth quarter to keep things interesting, but the game was never really in doubt as the Clippers never trailed and led by as much as 22 points.
Cleveland had 17 turnovers, compared to just five by L.A., that led to 25 fast break points. The Cavaliers were only able to muster five points in transition struggled to play at the Clipper's pace without Irving.
Blake Griffin, who received the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Month award for February before the game, scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds and eight assists on his 25th birthday.Read more... Join the Conversation...