Cleveland Cavs star point guard Kyrie Irving will miss an estimated four weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his left index finger, the team announced on Monday.
Irving, the top pick in the 2011 NBA draft, suffered the injury on Saturday night during his team’s 103-95 home loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Despite the injury, which happened in the third quarter of the game, Irving finished out the contest and ended with a game-high 26 points.
After the game, Kyrie said the finger was very sore and bruised but vowed to play Sunday in Philadelphia, which he did, only to go 4-for-14 from the field. He finished the game with nine points, four rebounds, and four assists.
On Monday, the 20-year-old star received an MRI and CT Scan of his finger at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health to reveal the break.
Though Irving is only expected to miss a month, it’s important to note its the third straight year he has had to miss significant time (he missed 15 games last season and most of his senior year at Duke due to injuries).
For the 2012 season, Irving is averaging 22.9 points, sixth best in the NBA, and 5.6 assists.
In his rookie 2011-12 season, the former Duke star averaged 18.5 points and 5.4 assists while shooting 47 percent from the field. The impressive numbers landed Irving on the coveted NBA All-Rookie First Team and also earned him the 2012 Rookie of the Year award.
ESPN points out that Irving’s injury isn’t the only one affecting the Cavs.
Second-year forward Tristan Thompson sustained a nasal fracture in Sunday’s loss to the Sixers, and guard Daniel Gibson is playing with a bruised right elbow.
Watch the play where Kyrie Irving suffered his finger injury in the video below: