Early in the first quarter against the Clippers, Kyrie Irving left the game with a biceps injury and the chances for Cleveland to win that game pretty much left with him. Their season’s hopes have likely gone out the window also as that injury may require Irving to sit for the remained of the season.
Sources tell Plain Dealer Kyrie Irving’s left biceps injury could be bad enough to end season. MRI on Monday in Cleveland
— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) March 17, 2014
Coming into tonight’s game against the Clippers, the Cavaliers were 26-40 and only nearly five games out of the eighth spot of the Eastern Conference playoff race, so their chances hadn’t completely diminished yet. But if the report stands true and Irving is set to miss the rest of the 2013-14 season, the Cavaliers will be headed to their fourth consecutive lottery since Lebron James departed to the Miami Heat.
Since no MRI or complete assessment has been done on Kyrie’s injury, I can’t help but be a bit skeptical on the circumstances at hand. Around this time of the season is when teams begin to secretly tank. As we get closer and closer toward the final game of the season, important players begin to miss more time due to exaggerated injuries in order for teams to sweeten up their chance at a lottery pick. The Golden State Warriors did it prior to the season they darted Stephen Curry. Some question how injured Anthony Davis was last season and though the New Orleans didn’t make a pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, their pick and a future allowed them to acquire Jrue Holiday.
Regardless of the scenario, if Irving is out he’ll add to the long list of marquee names that will miss a handful of games. That list includes Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, Danilo Gallinari, Kobe Bryant, Brook Lopez and Rajon Rondo.
Hopefully the 2014 NBA All-Star MVP will be completely healthy and ready to go by the time October hits.