Kyrie Irving now refuses to watch footage of his NBA Finals injury
Kyrie Irving’s first appearance in the NBA Finals — and arguably the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bid for a title — came to a screeching and disappointing halt when he suffered a fractured left kneecap during overtime in Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors.
With the Cavaliers set for a rematch against the Warriors in an eagerly anticipated Christmas Day showdown — following a tilt against the New York Knicks on Wednesday — Irving recalled how he repeatedly viewed the dreaded play during which he suffered his injury before ultimately deciding enough was enough and it was time to leave it in the past.
“There was no reason behind it. It was just the eighth time I was like, ‘. . . I’m done watching this B.S.,'” he said, via Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Chris Haynes. “I had to let it go.”
While taking in those eight viewings of the play, the Cavaliers point guard endured a long and arduous road back to recovery that included months and months of grueling rehabilitation.
And his hard work finally paid off when he got into his first game of the 2015-16 NBA season in Sunday’s 108-86 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, scoring 12 points, dishing four assists and snatching to steals in a conservative 17 minutes of play.
But with the Finals rematch mere days away, Irving insists there is no added meaning to playing the Warriors.
“No, there’s no extra incentive or any extra emotions,” he said. “It’s just getting back out there and playing. It’ll be a high-level game going against them, going against the Knicks first and foremost, then going into San Francisco. Obviously the way it went out is definitely a tough one to get across in my mind and accept, but it is what it is. Going against a great Warriors team will be a good test for us.”
Irving admitted he’s still regaining confidence in his left knee and that it can be frustrating with how the Cavaliers are holding him back somewhat and remaining cautious while easing him back into regular minutes.
But it has to be far better than repeated viewings of that awful play, that’s for sure.