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.
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