In the third quarter of a rout against the Indiana Pacers, Kyrie Irving fell awkwardly and was helped off the court. The star returned late in the game, but has been diagnosed with a left knee contusion. After an MRI today, Kyrie tweeted out to his followers:
Scary moment but I'll be good, thanks for everyone's support and concern.
Despite his confidence, Irving is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Orlando Magic.
In the midst of a six game slide, loosing the best player on the team will likely extend that streak. Irving is averaging over 22 points and also leading the team in minutes played with just over 35 per game. Cavaliers fans have almost become accustomed to seeing the All-Star sidelined with minor injuries. In his first two seasons, Irving has missed 38 games.
There is no substitute on the bench for the Cavs, but the most likely scenario is Dion Waiters getting the start with Jarrett Jack and Matthew Dellavedova playing more minutes.
Wanting to keep Irving healthy for the season, the Cavs' front office will be very cautious before giving their star the go-ahead to play.
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