It was already known that Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving was dealing with a right foot injury, but an MRI Monday revealed another issue:
Kyrie Irving had an MRI that confirmed left knee tendinitis
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) May 11, 2015
Irving was noticeably hobbled in the Cavaliers’ 86-84 Game 4 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon. He shot just 2-of-10 for the game and only took two shots in the second half as LeBron James took care of most of the ball handling duties. Defensively, Irving had numerous breakdowns, but the Bulls shot so poorly it didn’t come back to bite Cleveland.
For the series, Irving is averaging 18.5 points and 2.8 assists while shooting 36.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from three. If you look at just the last three games, he’s averaging 14.7 points and 1.7 assists while shooting 31.3 percent overall and 44.4 percent from three.
Typically a superb finisher around the basket, Irving is shooting just 11-of-28 in the paint in this series. He clearly doesn’t have the same acceleration and explosion, and it’s hurting that finishing ability.
Despite these injuries, Irving plans to play in Game 5:
Kyrie Irving: "I should've been sitting out 4 games ago. But I can't do it…even if I'm at 30 or 40%"
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) May 11, 2015
This isn’t good news for the Cavaliers, but they have home-court advantage back and still have a good opportunity to win this series despite the injuries and generally poor play.