An MRI revealed Friday (June 5) that Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving has suffered a fractured kneecap and will be out for the remainder of the NBA Finals.
The team announced that the 23-year-old guard is set to undergo season-ending surgery in the coming days, and is expected to be out three to four months.
Irving fell as he drove with the ball with two minutes left in the Cavs’ 108-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night (June 4), grabbing his left knee, which has bothered over the past six weeks.
Initial tests done by the Cavs’ medical staff revealed no damage to the ACL or MCL, but an MRI on Friday revealed the fracture to Irving’s kneecap.
Irving’s injury serves as a massive blow to the Cavs, who lost Game 1 of the Finals, and are in need Irving to compete for the title.
On Thursday, Irving played well, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocked shots. He also blocked Stephen Curry late in the fourth quarter to help the Cavs push the game to overtime.
Tough break for Irving in his first NBA Finals appearance.
Game 2 is Sunday night (June 7) in Oakland, California.
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