Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving’s season is in jeopardy after suffering a left biceps injury in their 102-80 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday at Staples Center.
Irving left the game with a left biceps injury late in the first quarter, and he left the arena with his left arm in a sling.
He is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday in Cleveland, but two NBA sources indicated the injury could be severe enough to end his season in the worst-case scenario.
The scenario would be a big blow to the Cavaliers (26-41), who are just 4.5 games behind eighth-seeded Atlanta with 15 games remaining.
Irving has missed just three games this year with a left knee contusion after missing 11 games last season due to a fractured left index finger, three with a hyper-extended right knee and nine after suffering a sprained left AC joint.
In his rookie season, Irving missed 13 games with a concussion and a shoulder injury. His one season at Duke was limited to 11 games because of a toe injury.
Cavs coach Mike Brown said only that Irving had a biceps injury that would be reevaluated Monday. The coach said he wasn’t sure how the injury happened, although replays seemed to indicate Blake Griffin hit the ball while it was in Irving’s hand.
“I wish I had an opportunity to look at a lot of replays tonight, just to make sure everything was OK out there,” Brown said.
“Seeing anybody go down is tough,” Jarrett Jack said. “I don’t want to speculate the extent of the injury. Hopefully we can get him back healthy as soon as possible.”