Coming into the 2012-13 NBA season, the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t exactly have high expectations. The team has been put together with promising young talent with up-and-coming superstar Kyrie Irving leading the way.
Although the Cavs are no longer in the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference with a 21-40 record, Cleveland is still one of the more exciting teams to watch in the NBA with a promising future ahead with Irving at the helm.
Unfortunately, Irving has been dealing with a knee problem that has been bothering him as of late and the team is reportedly considering shutting him down for the rest of the season to avoid further injury to the new face of the franchise according to Bob Finnan of The News-Herald via Twitter:
Bombshell at Cavs practice: Cavs consider shutting Kyrie Irving down for a while. Irving said knee bothering him
— Bob Finnan (@BobCavsinsider) March 7, 2013
Earlier in the season, the NBA’s leading rebounder, Anderson Varejao, was put on the shelf for the rest of the year due to a blood clot in his lung. Initially, Varejao was thought to have had a leg injury that would require surgery, but apparently it was a bit more serious and ultimately ended his season.
Irving’s injury is another bump in the road for the Cavs in another rough season of disappointment, but it’s hard to argue that this team isn’t one or two players away from being a legitimate playoff contender in the East. The Cavs may become a force to be reckoned with once the team is healthy and able to bring in talented players to surround Irving.
In 47 games with the Cavs this season, Irving is averaging 23.2 points, 5.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game. All of these numbers are improved from Irving’s rookie season. A promising sign for a player that seems to be getting recognized as a legitimate superstar and the next big thing in the NBA.