Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott told reporters Wednesday afternoon that rookie point guard Kyrie Irving would be out for at least seven to ten days and could be done for the season after aggravating his sprained right shoulder Tuesday night as Cleveland lost to the San Antonio Spurs. The “Cleveland Plain Dealer” reported that Scott told members of the media that his starter hurt his shoulder again after he ran into a pick set by Spurs forward DeJuan Blair.
The leading candidate to win this season’s NBA Rookie Of The Year Award originally injured his shoulder on Friday night after he collided with Milwaukee Bucks big man Ersan Ilyasova. The Cavaliers held him out of Saturday’s contest against the New York Knicks, however after feeling fine in practice on Monday, the rookie was back in the starting lineup Tuesday night.
Irving had an MRI performed on Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic which showed that the 20-year-old guard had re-injured his shoulder; which led to the decision by the club’s trainer and physician to shut him down for the next week to ten days. Scott told reporters that by the time Irving is ready to return to action there will be only about seven games left on the team’s schedule and he is contemplating shutting down the point guard for the balance of the campaign.
The Cavaliers have fallen out of the Playoff chase in the Eastern Conference,which means Irving would not be missing any significant games if his season has come to an end. Even with missing the last 15 games of the year, Irving still has accomplished enough in his rookie season that he should still have no problem claiming the honor for top rookie in the Association. The number one pick in last June’s NBA Draft leads all rookies in scoring as he has averaged 18.8 points and 5.7 assists per contest.