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Above the Rim: 11-20-12

Nov 20, 2012 -- 10:19am

By Kenny Roda


Kyrie Irving and the Cavs can’t catch a break. The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year has suffered yet another one: Irving could miss up to four weeks with a hairline/non-displaced fracture of his left index finger. According to the Cavs the injury will be treated with taping and a splint. The second year point guard will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Irving hurt the finger in Saturday night’s loss to the Mavs at The Q. If he’s out for all four weeks, Irving could miss anywhere from 15 to 20 games.

The term “injury prone” is being thrown around now with Irving as he has suffered his fifth major injury in the last three years. In his freshman year at Duke, Irving played only 11 games due to a toe injury. In his first season in the NBA last year he missed games due to a concussion and a shoulder injury.  This offseason Irving broke his right hand during the summer league and now he’s fractured the index finger on his left hand.

The injury could not have come at a worse time as the Cavs have lost six in a row and have started the season 2-8. Irving is the team’s leading scorer at 23 points per game, while dishing out over five assists per game.  The Cavs could move rookie first round pick Dion Waiters to point guard and go with either C.J. Miles or Boobie Gibson at shooting guard in the starting lineup. Or they could keep Waiters at shooting guard and pick between Donald Sloan and Jeremy Pargo to start at point guard. That will be Byron Scott’s call. Either way it will weaken one of the least productive benches in the entire NBA.

G.M. Chris Grant may need to step in and take a look at who’s available amongst the street free agents to add some scoring, depth and leadership to a struggling team.  A few players that are available according to Hoopshype.com include: Earl Boykins, Derek Fisher, Carlos Arroyo, Michael Redd, Mickael Pietrus and Quentin Richardson. Or Grant could go younger with a D-League player or look overseas.  Whatever Grant’s going to do, it needs to be done yesterday, as this team needs as much help as possible, and they are going nowhere fast without their leader.

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