Kyrie Irving just can’t catch a break. Just three games removed from returning after suffering broken finger, which was following a broken hand he suffered over the summer, he’s managed to broke yet another bone. In the Cleveland Cavaliers home loss yesterday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, he was sent to the floor courtesy of Bucks forward forward Luc Mbah a Moute and suffered a small left maxillary (jaw bone) fracture. After writhing in pain for a couple of minutes, he still managed to nail his free throws. Irving will be active in tonight’s match-up against the first-seeded New York Knicks. According to the Associated Press:
At the end of the quarter, last season’s NBA rookie of the year sat on the bench with a towel on his face, but he played 36 minutes and finished with a team-high 26 points. Following the game, the Cavs indicated Irving would be on the flight to New York, but a CT scan at the Cleveland Clinic revealed what the team described as “a small left maxillary fracture.
Kyrie Irving will be meeting his team in New York City after being fitted for a protective mask that he will be debuting tonight, joining young guns Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller. I would urge fans to watch this match-up solely to see three masked players on the court at the same time.
I was going to fit a bad joke about Kyrie Irving being the hero that Cleveland needs somewhere in there, but I decided against it. Mostly because he hasn’t found his robin yet. Aside from being a hero, what Cleveland needs most from Kyrie is for him to be available to play. In the 11 games that he’s missed this season, the Cavs have gone a measly 2-9.