As dark as the horizons appear before sports fans of Northeast Ohio; their mantra is “Things could always be worse and are most likely headed in that direction.” Case in point; the Cleveland Cavaliers already in the midst of a less than stellar opening to the campaign, with a record of 2-8, after losing six straight games, suffered yet another loss on Monday, an off-day for the club. The “News-Herald” has reported that the team will be without the services of reigning NBA Rookie Of The Year, Kyrie Irving for the next four weeks, after tests revealed the starting point guard broke the index finger of his left hand, in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.
Irving did play 37 minutes on Sunday night as Cleveland fell to the Philadelphia 76ers by a final score of 86-79, but he was clearly hampered by the injury, especially on shooting as he scored just 9 points, as he went just 4-14 from the floor. The second year guard leads the team in scoring as he has averaged 22.9 points through the first ten games of the season. The franchise has yet to announce who will replace Irving in the starting lineup; with Donald Sloan and Jeremy Pargo being possibilities to fill the void.