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Cavs' Kyrie Irving to have MRI after feeling pop in knee during 91-76 loss to Pacers

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 31, 2013
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Kyrie Irving watches from the bench during the second half Tuesday's 91-76 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Irving felt a pop in his left knee during the third quarter and will have an MRI on it Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS: Kyrie Irving will have an MRI on his ailing left knee Wednesday after he injured it in the third quarter of Tuesday's 91-76 loss to the Indiana Pacers. He was cleared to return to the court, but Irving said he felt a "pop" in the knee and it still felt weak even after he in the fourth quarter.

"I thought the worst had happened," Irving said. "My left knee is pretty weak right now. I was falling all over the place. I didn't have my legs under me."

Irving was driving to the rim when he slipped and fell on the court. He stood up and walked gingerly toward the bench, then sat on the court, then laid on his back as the Cavs medical staff attended to him. He was helped to the locker room without putting much weight on the knee, but was able to return. 

"I'm still hoping that there's nothing wrong, just something slight, if anything at all," Irving said. "Just hoping for the best."

Irving’s injury history is long and well-documented. He missed 15 games his rookie season and 23 games last year with various injuries and ailments. He said recently his goal for this season was to play in all 82 games.

The Cavs are presently engaged in trade talks with the Los Angeles Lakers for Pau Gasol, a league source confirmed. A long-term injury to Irving could change the direction of the franchise.

The Cavs have lost six straight, their longest losing streak of the season, and have dropped eight of their last nine after beginning the month of December 4-1.

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