Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving missed the final two minutes of Game 1 in the NBA Finals after suffering a knee injury in overtime.
He’s going to miss a whole lot more than that.
Irving fractured his left kneecap in the Game 1 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, setting him back 3-4 months.
Irving scored 23 points in Game 1, but they weren’t enough as the team fell 108-100. The team is already without Kevin Love, who’s recovering from shoulder surgery.
Without Irving, it’ll be up to the role players to step up. Matthew Dellavedova will likely take over for Irving after playing just nine minutes in Game 1. J.R. Smith was just 3-of-13 shooting in Game 1 and Iman Shumpert scored six points.
But the pressure is placed even more on the shoulder of LeBron James, who scored 44 points in Game 1. Without Love and Irving, the Cavaliers are looking more and more like the pre-Decision teams that LeBron played with. He couldn’t carry the team then. Can he now?