OAKLAND – Kyrie Irving will miss the rest of the NBA Finals with a fractured left knee cap, according to the Cavaliers.
Shortly after the news was announced Friday, Irving tweeted,
I want to thank everyone for the well wishes. Saddened by the way I had to go out but it doesn’t take… https://t.co/zXY3mtV2vg
— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) June 5, 2015
He will undergo surgery in the next few days at the Cleveland Clinic and his recovery is expected to take 3-4 months. Irving injured his knee in overtime of Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. The Cavaliers lost to the Warriors, 108-100.
“I’m going to stay strong for my team, no matter who is or isn’t in the line up,” LeBron James said in a press conference Friday, before the news about Irving was announced.
Irving has battled knee issues throughout the season, missing several games during the Eastern Conference Finals series.
Kyrie Irving injured his knee on this play. http://t.co/crgbYMX8Vq
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 5, 2015
The entire statement from the Cavaliers is below:
Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving left last night’s NBA Finals game one in the overtime period with a left knee injury. He received an MRI today at Stanford Sports Medicine Clinic, which revealed a fractured left knee cap. He will have surgery to repair the knee in the coming days at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland by Cavaliers head team physician Dr. Richard Parker. His recovery time is projected to be three to four months and his status will be updated as appropriate.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 5, 2015
#Cavs guard Kyrie Irving has a fractured left knee cap. He will have surgery to repair the knee. His recovery time is 3 to 4 months.
— P.J. ZIEGLER (@PJFOX8) June 5, 2015
Irving recovery would put him right up to the start of training camp. #Cavs
— john telich (@JohnTelich8) June 5, 2015
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