The Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans collectively had to be having heart palpitations on Tuesday night as the Cavs faced one of the NBA’s best in the Indiana Pacers. Sure, the Cavs played poorly in the fourth quarter and dropped their 21st game of the season, but that’s hardly the reason for the organization’s and fan’s dismay.
Late in the third quarter, Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving tried to drive down the left side of the lane for what appeared to be a relatively easy lay-up attempt. However, Irving made what looked like an awkward cut on his first move, made it down into the lane, and just threw up a prayer as he crumpled down into a heap underneath the basket. He was soon after helped off of the court by teammates and the training staff, favoring his knee.
It was announced soon after the game’s conclusion that Irving would undergo an MRI on Wednesday and, as is often the case with non-contact injuries like what happened to Kyrie, many feared the worst. In fact, Wednesday morning saw multiple rumors begin circulating that Irving had torn his ACL.
However, official word from the Cavs and multiple media sources now say that the Irving injury is not nearly as serious as so many people feared. Irving is merely listed as day-to-day going forward with what’s being called a left knee contusion.
While I’m sure the fans and franchise are still catching their breath, this is positive news for a Cavs’ team that could ill-afford any major losses amidst the Andrew Bynum situation/suspension and this team’s struggles to start this season. Irving is the one guy left that can truly change the tides for Cleveland and it’s nice that he’ll still have the opportunity to do so this season.