Cleveland Cavaliers‘ point guard Kyrie Irving went down with a knee injury in a 91-76 loss to the Indiana Pacers Tuesday afternoon. Irving stumbled on a drive to the basket and made an awkward landing. Irving remained on the ground and appeared to be in a lot of pain. Irving was helped to the bench and told reporters he heard a “pop” in his knee.
An already disappointing season would be nearly impossible to turn around without Irving in the lineup.
On Wednesday, the Cavaliers got good news. Irving had an MRI and the test revealed that it was nothing more than a knee contusion. Irving has been listed as day-to-day.
Despite the good news, Irving won’t play Thursday night when the Cavaliers host the Orlando Magic, according to Jason Loyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Kyrie Irving will not play tonight when the Cavs host the Orlando Magic. Irving injured his left knee in Tuesday’s loss at the Indiana Pacers and remains day to day, but coach Mike Brown said he’s hopeful Irving can return sooner than later.
Irving, who is averaging 22.2 points, 6.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game, will be replaced by veteran Jarrett Jack. Jack is putting up 10.0 points, 3.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.
The Magic won’t be at full strength either. Center Nikola Vucevic is out with an ankle injury.