Cavs’ Irving Suffers Contusion in Loss Against Celtics

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CLEVELAND — On the first night back from the All Star Break, the Cavs started very slowly, as if they assumed the break would last another day.

Poor shooting in the first quarter meant they trailed 28–15 after one.

They survived a big scare in the second quarter when Kyrie Irving left the game, holding his right wrist.

He returned to the game with what the team called a right elbow contusion.

He scored 13 points in the third quarter, but this game, like many others, came down to the final seconds at Quicken Loans Arena

Irving hit two free throws with 1:21 left.

Those gave the Wine and Gold a one point lead.

But Boston had the better answers late in this one.

Following an Irving turnover, Ray Allen raced to the bucket for a dunk and an 82-81 lead.

Free throws the rest of the way, back and forth, but the Celtics took an 86-83 victory over Cleveland.

The Cavs lost despite a big advantage from their bench and on points in the paint.

Irving finished with 24 points, but some bad passes down the stretch and a few missed shots didn’t earn the victory.

The Celtics were paced by Ray Allen who poured in 22.

The Cavs are now 13–19 while Boston is one game under .500 with a 16-17 record.

On Wednesday night the Cavs will get a taste of LinSanity when they visit Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks.