Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will have an MRI on his left knee after injuring it and hearing something “pop” during the third quarter of the Cavaliers 91-76 loss to the Indiana Pacers. The Cavaliers’ point guard had to be helped of the court when he hurt his knee, but was able to come back in the fourth quarter.
Irving had this to say after the game:
“When I went back it still didn’t feel right,” said Irving, who finished with 10 points, five assists and five rebounds in 35 minutes. “I thought the worst happened. I felt something pop in my knee. I was falling down around all over the place.
“It was a painful experience. I was praying to God everything was OK. I just have to hope for the best. We’ll see what’s going on.”
“It’s probably something slight, if anything at all,” Irving said. “I’m going to hope for the best, honestly. Right now, it’s a little bit of a painful experience but it’s something I’ll get through.”
I’m not doctor, but it has to be a good sign that Irving was able to return and put weight on his leg. He didn’t have his best game as a whole – 10 points, five assists and five rebounds – but at least he was out on the court. His quotes also tell me that his knee is feeling okay and that it might be anything at all. However, concern is 100 percent reasonable here. Irving has yet to play a full season in his NBA career and he’s already battled through a few minor bumps and bruises this season. It’s been his stated goal to play all 82 games this season and this would be the first setback.
This trade also could have an impact on the reported Cavaliers-Lakers trade talks centered around a Pau Gasol-Andrew Bynum trade swap. The Cavaliers will likely not make a trade for Gasol (or Loul Deng, who the Cavaliers have had recent discussions about) if their star point guard is out for any extended period of time. Any deal would have to be completed before, January 7th when Bynum’s salary becomes fully guaranteed.
The Lakers remained firm in their insistence on acquiring additional assets from the Cavaliers in addition to Bynum’s cap-friendly contract
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 1, 2014