Things have gone from bad to worse for the Cleveland Cavaliers to start the season.
Superstar point guard Kyrie Irving, who has been a major spark for the team this season, will miss four weeks with a broken finger, according to Cavaliers beat writer Jason Lloyd.
Kyrie Irving will miss 4 weeks with hairline fracture in left index finger. Tristan Thompson has nasal fracture, will play with mask
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) November 20, 2012
Irving has averaged 22 points, five assists and three assists per game for the Cavaliers this season. The loss of Irving will be crushing to a young Cavaliers team that has been stumbling to find their way this season.
After getting a big win against the Los Angeles Clippers early in the season to boost its record to 2-2 overall, Cleveland has dropped six straight to fall to 2-8, and the road does not get any easier. The Cavaliers have games coming up against the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies, two of the NBA's hottest teams.
Without Irving in these games, the slim chance that the Cavaliers had of winning has almost completely vanished.
Irving's absence also means that more pressure will be put on rookie guard Dion Waiters. Waiters has had an extremely hot start to the season, as he is averaging 13 points per game, but without the Cavaliers' point guard, you have to wonder if Waiters' production will go down as well.
Some people believed that the Cavaliers had an outside chance of sneaking into the playoffs this year, and while the season is still very young and there is plenty of time to gain lost ground, those chances seem to be fading away. It may take a couple more young, talented players to come to Cleveland before this team can finally be called a playoff contender.
Right now, Cavaliers fans just want to see their players continue to play hard and compete in games. They know that if they do this, the wins will eventually come.