Amid the tension of #ClevelandUprising, their Game 1 upset against the Warriors, and Riley's superhuman cuteness, Kyrie Irving is managing to stay focused on his healing.
The Cavaliers point guard underwent surgery Saturday morning (June 6) for his fractured left kneecap, an injury he suffered during overtime in the Golden State game last Thursday. He was already diagnosed with tendinitis in the knee, and contact from another player with 2:23 left on the clock ended not only the night for him, but the remainder of the NBA Finals.
"I want to thank everyone for the well wishes," he wrote via an open note on his Instagram this weekend. "Saddened by the way I had to go out but it doesn't take away from being apart of a special playoff run with my brothers. Truly means a lot for all the support and love. I Gave it everything I had and have no regrets. I love this game no matter what and I'll be back soon."
Irving concluded with a personal nod to his "brothers." "You already know what the deal is. And to Delly: "ICE it down del" *Big Perk voice *"
Teammate LeBron James said the injury was a "tough situation." "You want to try to be as close to full strength as possible throughout these games, especially when you're going against a worthy opponent like we're facing," he told ESPN.
"We got to continue on," Iman Shumpert added. "Kyrie wouldn't want us to just fold now. We got to make sure that we go out there and get Game 2."
Game 2 airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.
Look back at Kyrie Irving reflect on his journey to top, and what keeps him inspired in I Got Now, the BET.com exclusive video below.
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