Last night, in a stinging loss against the Atlanta Hawks, the Cavaliers’ point guard would leave the third quarter to get his repaired knee examined. Fortunately, he would return to play in the fourth quarter. Even though he would finish the game with eighteen points and seven assists, he told sources that his knee was bothering him on Thursday’s off day. For those who are unaware, Kyrie Irving injured his left knee in the 2015 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, which resulted in missing the rest of the series and costing the Cavaliers to lose to the Oakland team in six games.
Kyrie Irving is second on the Cavaliers’ roster in points per game, averaging 24.9. He is also fifth in points per game by point guards in the league, right behind Stephen Curry (25.3 PPG). In the Playoffs last season, Irving would go to average 25.2 points per game, coming behind LeBron James (26.3 PPG). In the 2016 NBA Finals, Kyrie would average 27.1 points per game against the Golden State Warriors. He would also make 40% of his 3-pointers, as well. If Cleveland makes it to the Finals and Kyrie Irving is unable to play, this could be quite a test for the defending champions as they look to repeat and become back-to-back champions.