Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving underwent successful surgery on Saturday morning and is out for the rest of the NBA Finals with a fractured left kneecap, the team announced.
Irving had been hampered by knee and foot injuries throughout the playoffs but only missed two games this postseason. He played 43 minutes in Cleveland's 108–100 Game 1 overtime loss against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday and scored 23 points with seven rebounds and six assists before re-injuring the knee in overtime.
In an Instagram post made shortly after the news was announced, Irving said he will “be back soon.”
I want to thank everyone for the well wishes. Saddened by the way I had to go out but it doesn't take away from being apart of a special playoff run with my brothers. Truly means a lot for all the support and love. I Gave it everything I had and have no regrets. I love this game no matter what and I'll be back soon. To my brothers: You already know what the deal is. And to Delly: "ICE it down del" *Big Perk voice *
"I felt something different in my knee and I couldn't continue to play," Irving said after Game 1. "Obviously, you can tell by the tone in my voice, I'm a little worried."
With Irving limited, second-year backup Matthew Dellavedova has seen increased action this postseason. He started the two games Irving missed and will likely be Cleveland's starting point guard for the rest of the series.
- Dan Gartland