It’s been a pretty rough year on the Cleveland Cavaliers and unfortunately it got a little rougher on Sunday, as Kyrie Irving went down with a shoulder injury that will keep him out of action for three-to-four weeks, which is nearly the remainder of the regular season.
The injury occurred in a game against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night. Irving attempted to drive the baseline and slammed into rookie forward Jonas Valanciunas, knocking Irving to the ground. The X-rays were negative, but a MRI on Monday revealed the injury – a sprained left shoulder.
With only a month left in the regular season, it might be in the team’s best interest to have Irving sit out the rest of the season.
“We just have to wait and see what happens,” Cavs coach Byron Scott said, according to ESPN.com. “I don’t want to speculate and say, ‘Hey, if he can get back he’ll get back. If he can’t, he can’t.’ We’re just going to have to wait until it’s completely healed and go from there.”
It’s not like the Cavs were playoff bound anyway, but the injury is still a scary one for the franchise considering its lone All-Star and best player, Irving, has already endured several injuries in his short two-year career. Irving missed several games last season with a concussion and several more earlier this year with a broken finger. The Cavaliers simply want to see him come back healthy as they try to build to winning team for the future, so don’t expect to see Irving in uniform for the rest of 2012-2013.