(CLEVELAND) — Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will miss a month or more with a broken left index finger after an MRI and tests completed Monday revealed the fracture.
Irving intially was hurt in Saturday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, although X-rays were negative and it was initally ruled a bruise.
Irving has had a history of injuries, suffering a foot tendon injury while playing in college at Duke, and a broken hand during a summer practice. Many have called him injury-prone, but he rebuked the notion at the start of training camp. “I’m not worried about being injury prone,” he said. “Not at all.”
The rookie of the year last season, Irving played in Sunday’s game against Philadelphia but struggled, scoring nine points on 4-of-14 shooting.
The Cavs will likely rely on rookie guard Dion Waiters to shoulder some of the point guard duties in Irving’s abscence.
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Jill Martin, CNN
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