The Cleveland Cavaliers have 15 games left in their season. Kyrie Irving will at least miss the team’s next eight games.
Irving will miss at least the next two weeks with a strained tendon in his left biceps. Irving went through an evaluation Monday after being knocked out of his team’s 102-80 loss agains the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night, which revealed the bicep strain.
The 21-year-old will be shut down for two weeks and re-evaluated. The Cavs said the tendon’s response “will determine the most appropriate course of treatment.”
Currently, the Cavaliers are six games back in the loss column from the 8th seed (Atlanta Hawks) in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. With their best player out for at least half of the remaining games, any shot that the Cavs had for a miracle run towards the playoffs is likely over.
Irving isn’t new to this injury thing. In his first two seasons, he sat out 38 games due to various injuries and it appears that he won’t get through his third season unscathed either. However, he did miss a few games earlier this season already due to a bruised knee.
Irving was averaging 21.2 points and 6.2 assists per game this season prior to injury.