Kyrie Irving Injury: Updates on Cavaliers Star's Knee and Recovery

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIMay 11, 2015

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Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his left knee as he tries to help lead the franchise toward a championship.

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Irving Says He Won't Need Surgery on Knee

Thursday, May 14

Chris Fedor of the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported Irving won't need surgery on the tendinitis in his knee:

Irving's injuries are painful, but he admitted neither would require postseason surgery. The best treatment would be time off, which isn't an option.

"Our medical team told me the only way this will feel better with both legs is just to shut me down completely and rest. That's the only thing that would help me right now," Irving said. "I mean this is definitely an important game. We have to be in the moment. We have to come out the way we did the other night and take care of business. It's a really important game."

Despite his injury, Irving has been able to play through the pain. Grantland's Zach Lowe weighed in on his Game 5 performance:

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That said, I loved Kyrie's game last night. Really gutty performance, hit huge shots out of the PNR in 3Q when Bulls were closing.

On May 11, Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported an MRI on Irving's left knee revealed tendinitis. Haynes also noted Irving is dealing with a right foot strain.   

Irving said the tendinitis stemmed from compensating for the foot strain, via Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan. The star point guard went on to say he's been trying to hide the ailment since Game 3 of the previous series against Boston, via Zac Jackson of Fox Sports Ohio.

Irving went on to joke about his situation, via Jackson:

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Kyrie jokes that he should have taken a seat "about four games ago" but says "I can't do it. I can't look myself in the mirror" if he sat.

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Irving dealt with shoulder and hip injuries during the 2014-15 NBA regular season, and he struggled to stay healthy at times in the beginning of his pro career. If the Cavs are meant to contend year in and year out for championships, they will need Irving to be healthy.

May 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) drives through Chicago Bulls guard Aaron Brooks (0) and  guard Kirk Hinrich (12) during the fourth quarter in game two of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Are
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When he is fit to play, Irving is among the best playmakers in the game. With his combination of outside shooting and ability to penetrate and finish with both hands at the rim, the young stud takes a lot of pressure off superstar teammate LeBron James.

The one glaring hole on Cleveland's roster is the absence of a viable backup at Irving's position. Matthew Dellavedova will see an increase in minutes for the time being, but he'll likely play more off the ball while James runs the point.

With Kevin Love already out for the season after shoulder surgery and James dealing with an ankle injury of his own, the injuries are starting to pile up for the Cavaliers.

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