Kyrie Irving suffers hamstring injury
Kyrie Irving left the game on Friday against the Boston Celtics. The Cleveland Cavaliers would end up winning 124-118. Irving left late in the fourth quarter, because of cramping in his right hamstring. He finished with 32 points but left the game after finishing a layup with 53 seconds left.
After the layup, he was grabbing at it and tried to stretch the hamstring to no avail. The injury does not appear serious, but Irving will miss Saturday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. The point guard mentioned “We’ll see how I feel in the morning,” said Irving, who scored nine in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 12 assists. He said he had a date with a “cold tub” when he got home.
Irving said that he felt tightness early in the game after banging knees with Lebron James. The difference is that he was able to work out that situation. It has been unclear what Kyrie Irving is suffering from with his hamstring. Is it cramps or tightness? Neither one makes sense, and the only thing certain is that Irving will be out tonight.
Tyronn Lue says it was a right hamstring cramp, not a pull for Kyrie Irving. Did not seem concerned about Irving missing time.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 30, 2016
“He’s gonna be cautious,” Lue said. “No need to try and go out and be a hero tonight, so. After they banged knees when he fell under the basket … he’s experiencing some tightness right now so we’re gonna … hold him out.”
While their guard is out, the Cavs are going to miss his wizardry with the ball, and his ability to be creative with his shooting. He is one of the league’s best shot-makers, who can finish at the rim. Irving will also stop-and-pop off the dribble and drain it consistently. He needs to work on improving his defense as he can show a lack of effort or technique.
Jordan McRae will start in Irving’s place. Head coach Tyronn Lue also stated that Mike Dunleavy would also sit out. Dunleavy suffered a right ankle injury against Boston. Mcrae is a 6-6 wing player, who has spent time in the D-League. He was a second-round pick by the 76ers. He did not make the team. McRae has a great wingspan (7-foot-1) which allows him to play tough defense. His thin frame is a liability on defense.
Kyrie Irving (hamstring), Mike Dunleavy (ankle) both out tonight. Jordan McRae will start in his place
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) December 31, 2016
McRae impressed Cleveland during the summer and preseason. He is a volume scorer, averaging 24.3 points during his seven-game run. He followed that with 14.0 points per night in the first six preseason games. However, he struggled to eclipse 40 percent from the field.
For how long the possibility that Kyrie Irving may be out, Dr. Parekh stated it can be anywhere between one and six weeks, depending on the severity of the injury.