It turns out that the injury Kyrie Irving suffered in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 91-76 loss to the Indiana Pacers on New Year’s Day was nothing more than a knee contusion and that sound you hear is every Cavaliers fan worldwide sighing with relief. An MRI Wednesday morning revealed the contusion and Irving will be a game time decision when the Wine & Gold take on the Orlando Magic tomorrow night at Quicken Loans Arena. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports first tweeted news that Irving’s MRI would not reveal any serious damage. Subsequent tweets confirmed the initial report.
Irving will be reexamined tomorrow morning by team doctors who likely will determine his final status for tomorrow night’s game.
An MRI today in Cleveland showed Kyrie Irving has a left knee contusion and is day-to-day.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 1, 2014
Source says #Cavs Kyrie Irving has left knee contusion and is questionable for THU game v ORL, reevaluated in am
— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) January 1, 2014
This is obviously excellent news for the Cavaliers and Irving. For one, they won’t lose their best player for a long stretch for the third season in a row and, even if he misses a game or two, it looks as if this shouldn’t hinder him for too long.
If Irving does not suit up, expect Jarrett Jack to start at point guard. There are other options, but Jack would make the most sense. The Cavaliers also have Matthew Dellavedova on the roster, but the rookie has played almost exclusively off the ball so far.
Stay tuned to RDE for more on Irving. It should be noted that the Cavaliers have yet to make an official announcement regarding the MRI results.
CORRECTION: Irving is questionable for tomorrow night’s game, NOT a game time decision.
UPDATE: The Cavaliers have officially announced that Irving’s MRI revealed a left knee contusion and list him as questionable on the injury report for tomorrow’s game.
#Cavs officially confirm Kyrie Irving’s left knee contusion. List him as questionable for tomorrow night vs. Magic
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) January 1, 2014
Source: “Only thing that’ll keep Kyrie from playing is (#Cavs) doctors & he’d even do battle w them.” Irving very determined to play all 82.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) January 1, 2014