Kyrie Irving, battling through injuries all postseason, played one of his most impressive all-around games in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, Irving left the game in overtime after appearing to aggravate his left knee injury, and the Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors, 108-100.
Irving had 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 44 minutes before leaving the game, but it was his defensive effort that was arguably the most impressive aspect of his gutsy performance. He worked hard on that end all night, racking up four steals and blocking Stephen Curry not once, but twice. One of those blocks came with the game on the line:
But the Cavaliers couldn’t win the game on the other end when LeBron James and Iman Shumpert each missed jumpers, and the offense fell apart in overtime and Irving limped off the floor to the locker room:
He was clearly in a lot of pain, which doesn’t bode well at all for Cleveland, who lost despite Irving’s big performance and an NBA Finals career-high 44 points from LeBron.
If Irving has to miss time or is seriously hobbled the rest of the way, this series might be over already.