The date June 5th, 2015 could live on as the day the Cavaliers lost the NBA Finals. Daryl Ruiter, of 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, was the first to report the dreadful news that Kyrie Irving is lost for the rest of the Finals with a fractured left kneecap that will keep him out for 3-4 months:
Hearing that Kyrie Irving is injured again isn’t exactly unfamiliar to Cavalier fans. He controversially only played 11 games in his first and only season at Duke University. Over the course of four professional seasons, Kyrie has missed 72 out of 328 career games due to several injuries. The graphic below will highlight just how fragile Kyrie Irving’s body has been:
Not only is Kyrie Irving gone, but so is Kevin Love. The power forward was hurt in Game 4 in the first round against the Celtics when Kelly Olynyk pulled his shoulder out it’s socket on a loose ball play:
When both are playing at 100 percent healthy, Irving and Kevin Love play like perennial All-Stars. Luckily for the Cavs, they still have the best player in the world in Lebron James. In Game 1 the Warriors game-plan was to let James get his points, but not allow him to get anybody else involved in the offense. Rest assured, for the rest of this Finals series James will do everything in his power to make sure guys like J.R. Smith, Matthew Dellavedova, and Timofey Mosgov involved in the offense as well as Iman Shumpert, and even Tristan Thompson. If any of those players can relieve a little burden off James by contributing at least double digit points than the Cavs will have a better chance than most believe. Lebron James will have to play out of his mind to make sure the Cavs have a fighters chance, but if he gets some help than the Cavs instantly become a bigger threat. The Cavs aren’t as great of a team as they would be with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, but they will always be a threat if they have Lebron James. As long as he dominates and he gets everyone else involved, the Cavaliers will have a chance of winning this series.