Kyrie Irving is undoubtedly one of the top young stars in the NBA, but Kyrie can only miss so many games and have so many injuries before people start throwing his name around, saying that he is injury-prone. An ESPN.com report states that some are doing just that, and it is easy to see why.
Irving is out again. This time Kyrie will be sitting for the next two weeks. Perhaps the Cleveland Cavaliers playoff chances will be resting along with him.
Irving is sitting this time with a strained biceps tendon, which occurred on what he calls a “freak” play.
“One of those freak plays against a strong individual in Blake [Griffin]. I tried to get the ball out of his hands. I knew something was wrong when I came to the bench. Obviously, I just felt just a weird feeling after that play in my shoulder. My arm looked a little different in the biceps area. That’s when I knew that I strained it.”
Of course, this is not Irving’s first injury. You may remember that Kyrie barely played for Duke during his one season in college thanks to an injury that kept him out for most of the year.
Now that he is in the NBA, Irving has missed a total of 41 games in three seasons. Quite a bit for a 21-year-old who is supposed to be the face of a franchise for a decade to come. Maybe Irving needs to make fewer commercials like these:
Kyrie is taking the injuries in stride, and hopes to be able to come back this season for the playoff push (even though the Cavaliers don’t look likely to make it to the postseason). Kyrie is most relieved that he will not need surgery — something that would have put Irving out for quite some time.
“If you could take a positive from the situation, obviously that would be one, that at this point I don’t have to get surgery, which is tremendous.”
It appears that the Cavaliers may be a little lost without Irving on the floor with them. For a team that was barely within reach of the playoffs with a superstar playing for them, the post-season dream seems to be all but dead this year without Irving
Time will tell if Kyrie is able to come back from this injury — as he has done with others — and be able to continue to lead his team. So far, despite the fact that Kyrie Irving has missed several games, he keeps coming back better than before.
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