Cavs' Kyrie Irving to have MRI on left knee

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 31, 2013 at 7:26 pm •  Published: December 31, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will undergo an MRI after injuring his left knee Tuesday in a loss to the Pacers.

Irving was helped off the floor in the third quarter after falling awkwardly on a missed layup. A team physician cleared Irving to play and he returned in the fourth, but couldn't stop the Cavaliers from dropping their sixth straight game, 91-76 to the Pacers.

"When I went back it still didn't feel right," said Irving, who finished with 10 points, five assists and five rebounds in 35 minutes. "I thought the worst happened. I felt something pop in my knee. I was falling down around all over the place. It was a painful experience. I was praying to God everything was OK. I just have to hope for the best. We'll see what's going on."

Irving said he will have an MRI on Wednesday.

"It's probably something slight, if anything at all," Irving said. "I'm going to hope for the best, honestly. Right now, it's a little bit of a painful experience but it's something I'll get through."

Irving has been injury prone during his two-plus seasons in the NBA.

The former No. 1 overall pick has missed 38 games with a variety of injuries, including a broken nose, broken jaw, broken finger, sprained knee, sprained shoulder and concussion. He played in only 11 games as a freshman at Duke because of a foot injury.

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