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Cavs' Kyrie Irving out 3-4 months with fractured kneecap


Cavs' Kyrie Irving out 3-4 months with fractured kneecap

The Cavaliers lost more than Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving will miss the next 3-4 months after suffering an injury in overtime of Golden State's 108-100 win. 

The Cavaliers announced the timetable Friday afternoon. Irving received an MRI earlier in the day. He will have surgery in the near future back in Cleveland. 

Hobbled during the Eastern Conference finals, Irving looked spry against the Warriors on both ends off the court. Now the third-team All-NBA guard - ahead of Wizards star John Wall - could be out until October.

If you think this severely hampers Cleveland's chances at winning the first title in franchise history even with LeBron James, you're right. The Cavaliers didn't have a deep array of scoring options even with James and Irving, two of the league's top offensive performers. Now there is even more of a burden on James, if that's even possible to keep up Golden State's loaded attack.

If you think the NBA playoffs overall have been nothing but a injury train wreck, that's also fair. Kevin Love, Wall, Pau Gasol, Kyle Korver and Mike Conley are just some of the notables who landed on medical reports this postseason.

Matthew Dellavedova reemerges as Cleveland's point guard. The hustling New Zealander, should, in theory, provide a bit more one-on-one defensive resistance against Steph Curry, but he's not an offensive threat. Some think he might be a threat in other ways.

If there is any good news for the Cavaliers; it's that they essentially defeated the top seeded Atlanta Hawks in the ECF without much help from Irving. Repeating the same trick against the top team in the West, that just doesn't seem likely. 

Wall and Bradley Beal sent Irving support via Twitter. Irving shared his thoughts on the situation via his Instagram account.

I want to thank everyone for the well wishes. Saddened by the way I had to go out but it doesn't take away from being apart of a special playoff run with my brothers. Truly means a lot for all the support and love. I Gave it everything I had and have no regrets. I love this game no matter what and I'll be back soon. To my brothers: You already know what the deal is. And to Delly: "ICE it down del" *Big Perk voice *

A photo posted by Kyrie Irving (@k1irving) on Jun 5, 2015 at 3:11pm PDT

[MORE: Pierce talks his return to DC and sounds positive-ish]

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 



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