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Could Kyrie Irving’s Knee Injury Hurt The Cavaliers’ Chances To Make Another NBA Finals Run?

Submitted by on August 28, 2015 – 1:27 pmNo Comment

When Kyrie Irving went down with a fractured left kneecap during the 2015 NBA Finals, everyone assumed that it would mean the Cleveland Cavaliers would end up getting swept in the series. That didn’t happen, as the Cavs were able to compete with the Golden State Warriors, due in large part to the effort of LeBron James. But in the end, they came up short. It was largely because LeBron couldn’t shoulder the scoring load alone and, ultimately, he really could have used Irving and his other injured teammate Kevin Love. It’s why so many people are already picking the Cavs to make a return run to the Finals next season thanks to the returns of Irving and Love.

But is Irving’s injury going to derail their championship aspirations again? Yesterday, the Northeast Ohio Media Group put out a report about how there’s a chance that Irving might be stuck on the sidelines until next January as a result of his knee injury. The Cavs haven’t decided exactly how cautious they’re going to be with him just yet, but they are reportedly worried enough to at least consider keeping him on the shelf longer than expected to let him heal fully. And if they do that, it could be a problem for the Cavs.

The good thing for the team is that they play in the weak Eastern Conference and, even without Irving, they should be able to keep pace with other teams in the East for a few months. The issue, though, will come when Irving comes back and is forced to try and work his way into the lineup again. Much like last year when LeBron went down with injuries in the early part of 2015, the Cavs as a team will have to work that much harder to gel and it could ultimately make it more difficult than it has to be for them to make a serious postseason run.

We would never bet against LeBron, but Irving’s absence during the early part of the season is, at the very least, worrisome. And if the Cavs encounter any other injuries? It could cripple them and force them into a really tough situation as a team.

Do you think Kyrie Irving’s knee injury will be problematic for the Cavaliers? Or will they be OK even if he sits out until January?

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