Injuries Racking Up for Cavaliers
A miserable start to the Cavs’ season just got a whole lot worse.
Kyrie Irving fractured the tip of his left index finger and will miss at least a month, leaving the Cavaliers without their leading scorer and best player. It’s another freak injury to a growing list for Irving, who has suffered a concussion, a separated shoulder, a fractured wrist and now a fractured finger since entering the league.
Compounding the Cavs’ injury problems was the fact Tristan Thompson was also injured in Sunday’s loss to the Sixers. Thompson was diagnosed with a nasal fracture on Monday, although he isn’t expected to miss any time. He will be forced to play with a mask similar to the one Tyler Zeller is wearing to protect his fractured cheekbone. Zeller just returned to the lineup on Saturday.
Within the last two weeks, the Cavs have suffered a concussion, a fractured cheekbone, a nasal fracture and now a hairline fracture of Irving’s index finger.
In the day’s only good news, Daniel Gibson was cleared to return after missing Sunday’s loss with an injured right elbow. He hurt the game in Saturday’s loss to the Mavericks and was forced to sit Sunday, but should be available on Wednesday.