Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without guard Kyrie Irving for at least 4 weeks thanks to a broken finger the team announced Monday evening.
Irving sustained a hairline/non-displaced fracture to his left index finger during the 3rd quarter of Saturday night’s loss to Dallas.
The NBA’s reigning rookie of the year played in Sunday night’s loss at Philadelphia and scored a season low 9 points.
An MRI and CT scan revealed the injury which will not require surgery. He will wear a splint and be re-evaluated in 2 weeks.
This is just the latest setback for the 20-year-old Irving who has battled a variety of injuries in the last 2 years.
Irving broke his right hand during a summer practice when he slammed it on a padded wall. He missed 15 games during his rookie season – 2 for illness, 3 with a concussion and 10 due to a shoulder injury. He played in just 11 games at Duke as a freshman because of a foot injury.
An x-ray Monday also revealed a nasal fracture for forward Tristan Thompson. He will wear a protective mask and has been cleared to play by team doctors.
Guard Daniel Gibson underwent an MRI and x-ray Monday after sustaining an injury to his right elbow Saturday night. He sat out the remain 3 quarters Sunday night against the 76ers but has been cleared to play after the results came back negative.
The Cavaliers have lost their last 6 games and will host the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.