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Cavaliers Kyrie Irving out for month with fractured finger

Nov 19, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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Take my word for it as someone who watches an inordinate amount of NBA League Pass, there was only two reasons to tune in to Cleveland Cavaliers games — Kyrie Irving and whoever they were playing against.

Now the Cavaliers will be without Irving — he has a hairline fracture on his left index finger and will be out for the next month, the team announced Monday night. No surgery is required, it will just be in a splint and taped up.

The injury occurred in the third quarter of the Cavaliers loss Saturday to Dallas, although at the time it was just though to be a contusion. He played against Philadelphia on Sunday and struggled to score (4-of-14 shooting), which now we know was due to more than just Jrue Holiday’s defense (although he was good).

It was a freak injury, but this is the third year in a row he has had to miss significant time (he missed 15 games last season and most of his senior year at Duke due to injuries).

Irving was fifth in the NBA in scoring per game at 22.9 points, was shooting 39 percent from three plus he was added 5.6 assists and 3.7 rebounds a game. To say he was the heart and soul of the Cavaliers offense is to understate his importance — he was the Cavaliers offense.

With him out, Donald Sloan will likely start at the point and Dion Waiters — who has struggled this season — will be asked to do more. It’s going to be a rough month for Cavaliers fans (and they already lost six in a row with Irving).

  1. clevelandschronic2 - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Ooo damnit first kyrie in the summer then zeller now kyrie again. Why couldnt this happen to waiters. Guess we’ll b on track to get another lottery pick. Hopefully this time its not wasted on another thompson or waiters. I pray nothing happens to varejao.

    • money2long - Nov 19, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      let’s not wish injury on anyone. it robs the fans, and often times, gives warrant to excuses. also, it’s just a sucky situation for that player and his team. there IS a positive to injuries however, as some players use it as an opportunity to step up and seize the moment.

      on another note, how many of you feel kobe would have no problem playing through this? kobe tends to be bionic.

  2. lakerluver - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Donald, who?

    • dko83 - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      I only recognize his name as one of the first guys warned for flopping..

  3. andrewdorie - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Who would you have rather had the Cavs taken in the draft? Lillard plays the point too. Maybe Barnes?

  4. ljl2 - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Waiters starts at PG and CJ Miles moves from bench purgatory to the starting 2 guard

  5. trueballs - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Well this is a great start for my fantasy team. 1st round pick: K. Love. 2nd round pick: Kyrie Irving.

  6. staff2cj - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    with the first pick in the 2013 nba draft, the cleveland cavaliers select “Ivan Koloff” 7’0 center from Russia.

  7. zerole00 - Nov 20, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Well, at least Cleveland still has it’s football team. Oh wait…

  8. paulwoodsby - Nov 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Sign Brett Gyllenskog. Give him a chance.

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