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We were in the house when Kyrie Irving went down during Game 1 of the NBA Finals and the atmosphere in the Cavs locker room following that loss was devastating. Had Kyrie played in the 2015 NBA Finals, it would have been a totally different series and legacies may have been altered a bit.
It was a huge blow to the Cavs at the time, but their more concerned about the future. Kyrie Irving is the Cavs future and they are not taking any risks with him.
His rehab is reportedly going well, but he could still be out till January. Via Cleveland.com:
Multiple league sources say his rehabilitation is going smoothly, but that the chances are slim of him being in the opening-night lineup against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 27. One source said he could very well be unavailable up until January.
When the three-time All-Star underwent surgery in early June, his recovery time was set at 3-4 months. Assuming he is sidelined outside of that four-month window, the thinking is that it would have everything to do with the Cavaliers being patient and cautious rather than the injury not healing.
The Cavaliers want to bring him back slowly without risking a setback, with the goal of being at full strength entering the playoffs.
At his basketball camp in July, Irving said, “I’m honestly not putting a date on anything. People are going to put a date regardless. I’m just continuing to be on the journey I’ve been on, and that’s continuing to get better every single day and rehabbing my leg.”