Irving carried the Cavs during stretches of Game 1, in which he played 44 minutes before falling lame on his left leg during overtime.
The injury has left people in his camp to question whether the Cavs pushed Irving too hard in the Finals.
His loss deals the Cavs an irreparable blow as they try to even the series in Game 2 on Sunday.
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OAKLAND, Calif. — Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving suffered a fractured left knee cap in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors and will miss the remainder of the postseason.
He will have surgery in the coming days at Cleveland Clinic by the team’s physician Dr. Richard Parker. His recovery time is a three to four month window.
An MRI performed at Stanford Sports Medicine Clinic revealed the fracture.
Irving left the game with two minutes left in overtime when he fell to the floor, holding his knee. After the contest he said he “felt something different.”