Kyrie Irving empathizes with Warriors, Clippers over injury woes
If there’s a team currently in the postseason that understands what the Golden State Warriors — and even more so the Los Angeles Clippers — are going through due to devastating injuries, it’s the Cleveland Cavaliers.
And perhaps no player can better empathize with how Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin must be feeling at the moment than Kyrie Irving.
Irving of course hobbled off the court during the Cavaliers’ Game 1 showdown with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals last year only to never return due to a fractured left kneecap that required surgery. The Cavaliers, already undermanned after losing Kevin Love earlier in the postseason, put up a desperate effort but simply were overmatched by the healthier Warriors.
With Curry out for at least two weeks if not longer due to an right MCL sprain, Paul out indefinitely after suffering a fracture in his right hand that required surgery and Griffin out for the remainder of the postseason after aggravating a left quadriceps injury, Irving indicated how bad he feels for those three players as well as their teams.
“For sure, 100 percent,” Irving said, via cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor. “I’m watching TV and I’m seeing C.P. come out and you could tell he’s really frustrated and Steph goes down on a freakish play that could have happened to anyone but he’s already coming back from the ankle sprain and he comes out and sprains his MCL. That just sucks, it absolutely sucks.”
Irving added that Curry, Griffin and Paul will face an incredible amount of frustration while sitting on the sidelines, regardless of how long it may be for each player.
“To be out for the series or out for a number of weeks, especially at the highest level of intensity of basketball that we’ve played basically in our whole entire lives is what it all boils down to,” he said. “Definitely you’ve got to empathize with those guys, but at the end of the day they still have other guys in that locker room that have to pick up the pieces and they have figure it out, it’s just part of the playoffs.”
And Irving and the Cavaliers understand that as well as any NBA team.