An emotional Kyrie Irving on knee injury: ‘I’m a little bit worried’

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OAKLAND, California — Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will undergo an MRI Friday to determine the extent of a knee injury he suffered during the overtime period of game one of the NBA Finals last night against the Golden State Warriors.

“I don’t know what I felt. But obviously it didn’t feel right,” Irving told reporters after the game. “It was a little bit different that what I had been experiencing in the Chicago series or anything like that because it was just a quick pinch and I could still feel what was going on in my knee and this time I kinda knew it was a little bit different than the other times.”

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Irving got emotional as he continued to talk about the injury.

“Obviously you can see in the tone of my voice I’m a little bit worried,” Irving said. “I just want to take the necessary steps in order to see what’s going on.”

Irving said his ACL and MCL were fine.

“There are other parts of the knee that could affect what’s going on,” Irving said. “I hope it’s just a re-aggravation of originally what was going on.”

“It’s just a little disappointing, a little frustrating,” Irving said. “This is just a setback that you kind of have to take with a grain of salt.”

“It was very tough to see,” Cavaliers forward LeBron James said during a post-game news conference. “I see how hard he worked these last eight days just to get himself to play at this level tonight. I saw him walk out of the locker room in crutches just now. It’s a tough blow for our team.”

Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova agreed with James. “You never want to see a teammate get hurt at all.”

Coach David Blatt said right now he can’t provide any specifics on Irving’s injury because the team doesn’t know yet. He added he didn’t think the injury was caused by any contact.

Irving told reporters he was unsure of whether he would be able to play in game two on Sunday night.

Irving said all of his weight was on his left knee and his right ankle turned out. But he was unsure exactly what happened.

The Cavaliers released the following statement Thursday night:

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving experienced a left knee injury in the overtime period of tonight’s NBA Finals Game 1. Irving will receive an MRI tomorrow and continue to be evaluated by the Cavaliers medical team. His status will be updated as appropriate tomorrow.

Irving had played well, finishing with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 44 minutes while looking healthy after knee and foot injuries had forced him to miss two games during the Eastern Conference finals.

With Kevin Love already out, the Cavs obviously need Irving. And Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he hopes Irving is able to play the remainder of the series.

“I mean that,” Kerr said. “You probably don’t believe me, but I mean that.”

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