Kyrie Irving Injury: Updates on Star Point Guard's Injured Hard

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2012

Kyrie Irving went to the locker room to get a potential hand injury checked out Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks.


UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

The NBA tweeted on Tuesday that Irving will return Tuesday night versus the Los Angeles Lakers:

Kyrie Irving of @cavs & Anthony Davis of @hornets are both expected return to action from injuries tonight.

— NBA (@NBA) December 11, 2012


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UPDATE: Monday, December 10 at 12:44 p.m. ET

Fantastic news for Cavaliers fans and fantasy owners as Kyrie Irving is back at practice and cleared to play in tomorrow's contest, according to Akron Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd.

Kyrie returned to practice today, expected to play tmrw vs Lakers. #Cavs

— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) December 10, 2012


UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 19 at 7:58 p.m. ET

After a 4-of-14 shooting night against Philadelphia on Sunday, it seems Irving's finger was bothering him more than doctors originally thought.

According to Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writers Mary Schmitt Boyer and Jodie Valade, Irving will miss the next four weeks with what the team is calling a fractured left index finger.

#Cavs Kyrie Irving out four weeks with fractured left index finger

— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) November 20, 2012

Troubling news for Cleveland fans, as the team is already in the middle of six-game losing streak and has just two wins in 10 games. Rookie Dion Waiters will now officially be the focal point of the offense and will be expected to carry the slack while Irving recuperates.


UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 5:10 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Irving is ready to go and will play on Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers. The news comes from Mary Schmitt Boyer and Jodie Valade of the Plain Dealer:

I'm being told Unofficially Kyrie Irving's left hand is fine and he's good to go for #Cavs vs Sixers

— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) November 18, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 9:39 a.m. ET

Kyrie Irving explains the aftermath of his finger injury suffered in last night's game and how it could potentially affect his play moving forward.'s Jason Lloyd has the latest:

X-rays were negative and Irving returned with the finger taped, but it affected him in the fourth quarter.

'I wasn’t feeling comfortable putting the ball in my left hand,' he said. 'Attacking the rim, I only had one hand so I was trying to force shots over Chris Kaman. It definitely affected me, but it still doesn’t defeat the fact we need to get stops on the defensive end.'


UPDATE: Saturday, November 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Fox Sports' Sam Amico, Irving is just fine:

Kyrie Irving has a "contused" left middle index finger. X-Rays negative. He's good to go.

— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) November 18, 2012

Fox Sports' Sam Amico had the news:

Kyrie Irving headed to locker room with trainer to have hand checked. Doesn't look serious.

— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) November 18, 2012

If Irving is out, Donald Sloan and Jeremy Pargo will have to take on a larger workload at point guard, while Dion Waiters and Daniel Gibson pull more weight overall.

Like Amico said, it doesn't look serious, but it's worth keeping an eye on. 

Stay tuned for updates.