*By now, most sports fans know that the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ chances of winning the NBA championship – according to most pundits – has almost diminished to zero now that point guard Kyrie Irving is officially gone for the remainder of the NBA Finals.
An MRI on Irving’s left knee revealed a fractured kneecap, and he will undergo season-ending surgery in the coming days, the team announced Friday.
According to the Cavaliers, Irving is projected to be out three to four months. The surgery will be done at the Cleveland Clinic by head team physician Dr. Richard Parker.
The 23-year-old Irving posted the Instagram below after news of the surgery was announced.
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 *
Irving collapsed as he was driving to the basket with two minutes left in the Cavs’ 108-100 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, grabbing his troublesome left knee.
Initial tests done by the Cavs’ medical staff revealed no damage to the ACL or MCL, but an MRI on Friday revealed the fracture.
Irving did not speak to reporters Friday before having his left knee evaluated. Cavaliers coach David Blatt said he was informed that Irving was still on crutches when the star guard left the hotel Friday morning.