Kyrie Irving wants to be considered the best point guard in the NBA. He has the skill set to get there, if he would simply stay on the court.
Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ amazingly talented third-year player, suffered a left bicep injury Sunday that likely will keep him out of the remainder of the season, according to reports.
The Cavs’ leader in scoring and assists, Irving went to the locker room late in the first quarter and did not return in a 102-80 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The All-Star Game MVP had two points and two assists, missing all five of his shots.
Irving, the top scorer among Eastern Conference point guards with 21.2 points per game, left the arena with his arm in a sling. He is scheduled to have an MRI Monday, the Plain Dealer said. The team isn’t practicing Monday.
The top overall pick in the 2011 draft, Irving has been injury-prone during his three seasons in the NBA. He missed 38 games his first two years with a variety of injuries, including a broken nose, fractured jaw, broken finger, sprained shoulder and concussion.
Shooting guard Jarrett Jack will likely slide over to point guard for Cleveland, which is 4½ games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.