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Kyrie Irving suffers potentially season-ending bicep injury

Mar 17, 2014, 3:00 AM EDT

Mike Brown, Kyrie Irving

The Cleveland Cavaliers made the playoff their firm goal, started poorly, traded for Luol Deng, fired their general manager, re-affirmed their playoff priority and backed it up by trading for Spencer Hawes.

By winning the first two games of their current road trip – at Phoenix, at Golden State – the Cavaliers finally looked like they could make the playoff race interesting (aided heavily by the Atlanta Hawks’ free fall).

But Cleveland’s loss Sunday probably ends that postseason hope, and I don’t mean the loss to the Clippers, though that setback dropped the Cavaliers to 4.5 games behind Atlanta.

Kyrie Irving left the game after just 10 minutes due to injury.

Irving is Cleveland’s top player, averaging 21.5 points and 6.3 assists per game this season. That alone is a large loss to overcome.

But he’s also the Cavaliers’ rock. He’s in each of their dozen most-used lineups, and the 13th-most used lineup hasn’t played since November. The next four most-used also feature Irving. They’re just not used to doing anything without him.

With games against the Heat, Thunder and Rockets up next – and chances to gain ground in the playoff race disappearing – it’s not a great time to adjust on the fly.

Unless the Cavaliers are adjusting to a tanking strategy. Then, they’re sitting pretty.

  1. money2long - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:16 AM

    Injuries suck

    • beach305 - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      And why would Lebron want to come back again?

      • money2long - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        um ok….

        for the record, i think lebron admitted he felt miami was a mistake when they lost to dallas in the finals. so to answer your question, losing again would make him consider other places…and fact of the matter is, this heat team would not be what it is today had they lost in game 6 to the spurs.

        let’s see how this post season plays out.

      • doc305 - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        “for the record”, please produce the quote of Lebron saying that he should not have gone to Miami after they lost to Dallas in the finals. Regret in his play? yes, there are many quotes, regret in “how” he left Cleveland, seen those too. but nothing about it being a mistake to go to Miami.
        At the end of the day, Lebron has been in Miami for three full seasons, and has gone to three finals… He will obviously consider all avenues when he is a free agent, win or lose. But what do other front offices legitimately have to offer?? Miami will be in just as good of position than any other team after this season. But Miami also have the recent track record that most other teams do not. LAL and NYK, i believe, will be the only serious players outside of Miami for Lebrons services.

  2. essfjay - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:26 AM

    dude cant stay healthy..

  3. trickybastard - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:26 AM

    Tank

  4. thundercocck - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:43 AM

    The Cavs have been picking in the top 5 in the NBA draft every year since 2011, yet the only great pick they had was Kyrie. SMH…

    • lj312chicago - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Overrated And1 AAU basketball player who doesn’t make anyone on the court with him a better basketball player. Call me when he at least leads a team to the playoffs. …which won’t be for years. . .yeah that’s a “great player”

      • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        Jordan and 4 turds couldn’t make the playoffs.

      • thundercocck - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:36 AM

        Still a great pick nonetheless. If they were rookies and the NBA draft was tomorrow every GM would STILL pick Kyrie over everyone; even over Klay Thompson or Kawhi Leonard.

  5. pfic15 - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:18 AM

    Not a max deal player. Can’t stay healthy. Wouldn’t say fragile….but this dude is hurt every year.

  6. sfsugator - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    This dude is always injured.

    • money2long - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      carrying cleveland is a heavy burden
      lebron made it look easy

  7. jamesk2465 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Cavs can’t catch a break. First Dion, CJ and Varajeo go out. Then Dion and Varajeo come back and Bennett goes out and now this. 2015 Draft here they come

    • jamesk2465 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      2014*

  8. bizieman - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Maybe he eats to many candy bars. He is to fragile and weak.

  9. ravenswhat - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    He is so out of there when his rookie deal runs out.

  10. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Brandon Roy 2.0

    • money2long - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      freak accident

    • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Intelligence tests should be mandatory before letting someone post online. You just failed yours.

  11. lj312chicago - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Most over rated point guard in the NBA. Never been to the playoffs, never finished above .500, bottom line…he doesn’t make his teammates better.

    • money2long - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      how do u make a claim about the individual player, then support your statement with team evaluations… doesn’t make sense

  12. csbanter - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Cavaliers should consider trading him this off season. The Lakers should be the first team they contact.

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      trade him for who exactly?

  13. sportsnut101 - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    I would look at trade market for him
    Hes barely healthy and due to make at least 11 mill as a restricted free agent if they dont make offer
    Their best player is hawes whos leaving after this season

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