Kyrie Irving will be shut down for two weeks after straining a tendon in his left biceps muscle during Sunday’s loss at the Los Angeles Clippers.
Irving had an MRI on Monday that revealed the strain, which was likely a best-case scenario. There was a fear within the organization the news could’ve been far worse.
“I’ll be good everyone,” Irving wrote on his Twitter account. “Thank you for the support and prayers.”
Even in a best-case scenario, the injury will likely doom the Cavs’ already fading postseason hopes. They began Monday 4.5 games behind the suddenly surging Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot, and now the Cavs must contend with the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets this week at home without their two-time All-Star.
It’s no guarantee Irving returns this season. The Cavs said further treatment will be determined following the two weeks of rest. Provided Irving misses the rest of March, there will be seven games left in April to conclude the season.
Irving faced a similar scenario last season when he missed three weeks after spraining his left shoulder late in the season, then returned to play in the final 10 games. He has dealt with an assortment of injuries throughout his career, but only missed three games this season prior to Sunday’s injury. Now that will obviously change.
Irving, who can sign a max contract extension this summer, has played in 81 percent of the Cavs’ games since entering the league. If his season is over, that percentage will dip to 76 percent.