Cavs News: Kyrie Irving Out 3-4 Months With Fractured Left Knee Cap

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June 4, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) leaves to the locker room after suffering an apparent injury against the Golden State Warriors during the overtime period in game one of the NBA Finals. at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The worst fears of Cleveland Cavaliers fans have unfortunately been realized with respect to the status of point guard Kyrie Irving. He has a fractured left kneecap and will need three to four months of recovery.

Irving re-injured his knee during the overtime portion of Thursday night’s opening game of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors that the Cavaliers dropped, 108-100.

The diagnosis came after an MRI was constructed at the Stanford Sports Medicine Clinic in nearby Palo Alto. The surgery is expected to be performed at the Cleveland Clinic in the next week or so by the team’s head physician, Dr. Richard Parker, one of the most prominent orthopedic surgeons in the country.

The loss puts the already shorthanded Cavs squad, which is also missing forward Kevin Love, in a huge bind as it attempts to defeat a Warriors’ team for its first NBA title.

“The good thing about it is we’ve been in this position before,” Cavaliers forward LeBron James said regarding the devastating news. “We’re not quite sure right now. If he’s not able to go, it’s something that’s not new to us. So next man up.”

The most prominent young NBA player to have suffered a fractured knee cap and returned to form was the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, who suffered his injury during the 2009-10 campaign.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.