Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers is reportedly expected to return Tuesday after suffering a right shoulder sprain. The Cavaliers will be taking on the San Antonio Spurs at Quicken Loans Arena.
Irving suffered the injury against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second quarter of Friday night’s 121-84 loss. He led the team in scoring with 29 points after finishing 6-6 from behind the arc and 11 of 20 from the field.
“There’s a lot of pain in my shoulder right now,” Irving said after the game. “I’m taking a lot of Advil and anti-inflammatories and just trying to get through it. I’ve had problems with it before (but) it’s totally different. It’s not as bad as a separated shoulder. I’ll tell you that.”
The Cavaliers have lost seven consecutive games and even with Irving in the lineup losing an eighth seems very likely considering they are playing the Spurs. It has been a disappointing season for Cleveland who continues to struggle with LeBron James’ decision to take his talents to South Beach and play for the Miami Heat.
After the embarrassing loss to the Bucks, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tweeted “One of those nights where I can’t find the words to match the emotions (at least non-profane words). Cavs fans deserve better. Much better.”
Irving will have to wear a protective brace over his right shoulder but this is nothing new as he has had to play with this exact injury before.
In 45 games this season, Irving is averaging 18.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game while converting 47.1 percent from the field and 41.9 from behind the arc. Irving is the heavy favorite to win Rookie of the Year which should bring confidence to Cavalier fans as they look forward to a bright future.