Kyrie Irving PG CLE 2 weeks ago

Irving (knee) averaged 21.7 points and 5.2 assists in a career-high 75 games in 2014-15. He was hobbled by injuries in the playoffs and finished the season with a fractured kneecap in the first game of the Finals.

Irving proved that he could be a key piece of a successful team in his first year with LeBron James. He hit a career-high 41.5 percent of his 3-pointers and averaged 19.0 points in his first playoff run. Injuries have been a bugaboo for Irving through his career, which is a result of bad luck and his wild forays to the basket. The 2015-16 season will be his first of a five-year, $90 million extension.

Kyrie Irving PG CLE 3 weeks ago

Irving (knee) should be cleared for the start of training camp in October, The News Herald reports.

This is good news for Irving's recovery, as his initial timetable put him back on the court sometime near the start of the regular season. Even if he doesn't heal quite this quickly, Irving should at least be ready for the regular season opener next year. Since he is expected to make a full recovery, Irving will be one of the top point guards in next season's fantasy drafts.

Kyrie Irving PG CLE 4 weeks ago

Irving (knee) underwent successful surgery Saturday morning to repair his fractured kneecap, and he is officially projected to return to basketball activity in 3-to-4 months.

This was the expected amount of time Irving would need to recover, but it is now confirmed. Assuming he stays on this recovery schedule, Irving should be set to return to the court around the start of training camp. As for the Cavaliers, with Irving out, they will have to look at Matthew Dellavedova to fill in for Irving as the starting point guard with J.R. Smith likely to also get additional minutes off the bench.

Kyrie Irving PG CLE 4 weeks ago

Irving (knee) has a fractured left kneecap, which will sideline him for a few months, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Zack Meisel reports.

This is a devastating blow for the Cavaliers, who were already playing without Kevin Love. Irving will need surgery and will likely need all summer to recover. With Irving out of the picture Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert will see more on-ball duties, but LeBron James will likely serve as the de facto point guard for much of the remaining games in the NBA Finals.

Kyrie Irving PG CLE 4 weeks ago

Irving (knee) left the team hotel on crutches Friday before undergoing an MRI, Bob Finnan of the News-Herald reports.

Coach David Blatt told the media that the team is still unsure of Irving's status for the rest of the Finals, but more should be known after the results of the MRI are made public. Irving, who departed Thursday's Game 1 in overtime, has been bothered by tendinitis throughout the playoffs, but it remains to be seen whether he suffered a more severe injury Thursday.

Kyrie Irving PG CLE 4 weeks ago

Irving (knee) said Thursday's injury felt different than the prior left knee issues he dealt with recently, reports. "It was a little bit different than what I had been experiencing," Irving said. "[Before,] there was a quick pinch, but I could still feel what was going on in my knee. This time, I kind of knew it was a little bit different [from] the other times."

It seems the difference is not a good thing, as Irving admitted after Thursday's Game 1 that he's worried. An early diagnosis ruled out an ACL or MCL tear, but it's still possible this is something other than the tendinitis that's bothered him for the last three weeks. According to Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Irving left Oracle Arena on crutches Thursday night. An MRI is scheduled for Friday morning.

Kyrie Irving PG CLE 4 weeks ago

Irving will undergo an MRI on his left knee, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Irving came down awkwardly on his left knee during overtime of Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Warriors, forcing him out for the remainder of the contest. He's been dealing with tendinitis in the same knee for the better part of the last three weeks, and he's hopeful the latest setback is just an aggravation of the previous injury. The MRI should clarify matters on that front, but even the ailment is deemed to be nothing more than tendinitis, it could still put his status in serious question for Sunday's Game 2 in Oakland.

Kyrie Irving PG CLE 4 weeks ago

Irving exited Thursday's Game 1 against the Warriors in overtime after apparently aggravating a left knee injury, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Irving has been playing through knee tendinitis in his left knee for about three weeks now, which ended up costing his two games of action during the Eastern Conference Finals. With over a week to rest up from the injury, Irving played effectively for much of the contest, despite his own admission that he wasn't 100 percent healthy. He finished the night with a 23 points (10-for-22 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, and six assists over 44 minutes, but his availability for Game 2 could be in peril after he was visibly limping in discomfort upon retreating to the locker room in overtime. The Cavaliers and Warriors will get together again Sunday, but it's questionable at this point if two days of rest will be enough for Irving to get back on the court.

Kyrie Irving PG CLE 4 weeks ago

Irving (knee) will make the start at point guard for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Warriors on Thursday.

As expected, Irving will be in the lineup after having more than a week off following the Eastern Conference Finals, but he's still operating at less than 100 percent. Though he was effective the last time he took the court May 26 against the Hawks in the series finale, he was limited to just 22 minutes and could be subjected to similar playing time restrictions in the NBA Finals. Even a gimpy Irving is still a better alternative than having to count on Iman Shumpert for primary duties at point guard, but it wouldn't be surprising if his performance was somewhat inconsistent over the course of the series.

Kyrie Irving PG CLE 1 month ago

Irving (knee) admitted that he won't be at 100 percent when the Finals begin Thursday, ESPN reports.

Irving, who is dealing with both foot and knee issues, has benefited from a week off after the Eastern Conference Finals, but his recovery has been slow-moving, according to coach David Blatt. "I wouldn't say he's had a setback," Blatt said, "but progress has been slow." Irving, himself, said he won't be 100 percent "unless something miraculous happens," so it appears as though he's prepared to play with limitations. It's unclear whether those limitations will result in a minutes limit, but considering he was still effective in Game 4 against Atlanta, scoring 16 points to go with five assists in 22 minutes, Irving will likely play as much as his body allows. "Whatever we can get out of him," LeBron James said when asked about Irving's status. "I think he's preparing to play Game 1. Whatever we can get out of him is a plus for us."