Kyrie Irving says he'll need a 'miraculous recovery' to be healthy for the NBA Finals
The Cleveland Cavaliers have marched to the NBA Finals despite their star point guard Kyrie Irving ailing for weeks. With Kevin Love already out for the remainder of the playoffs, Irving hasn't been able to provide LeBron James with much help, as he's battled tendonitis in his left knee.
Irving has come to grips with the fact that this will be the case throughout the NBA Finals. He missed two of the team's four games against the Atlanta Hawks in the previous round, and told reporters Monday that he probably won't be 100 percent until next season.
"Unless something miraculous happens," he said, according to FOX Sports.
He's played in three of the team's last five games, averaging just 20.5 minutes per contest while playing through the injury.
"We're just hoping he can get out there and play and then we'll address all those things," Cavs coach David Blatt responded when asked if Irving would face a minutes limit against Golden State. "I wouldn't say he's had a setback, but progress has been slow.''
Backup Matthew Dellavedova has emerged as a passable replacement at the point, going for 9.5 points per game in the Hawks series over 31 minutes on average.
Cleveland already faces an uphill battle in taking on the Warriors, who won a league-best and franchise-record 67 games this season. Without Irving at full strength, James will need to lead his cast of role players to four victories over the Western Conference's most dominant unit.
That's a very risky proposition.
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