Re: Breaking News: Kyrie Irving out 4 weeks
This is bad news for a couple of reasons...
1. It makes Cavs games much less entertaining and/or watchable. Don't get me wrong, I'll still watch... but, this team is going to be really bad for the next month.
2. Any ideas of competing for a playoff spot following the current brutal stretch in the schedule is now looking more and more unlikely. A 2-8 record can be turned around pretty significantly over the course of an 82 game season. A 6-19 record is a little more difficult to recover from (just speculating, but that is about what I expect).
Aside from those two notables, this really isn't much of a big deal in the grand scheme. It looks like the doctors and coaches are being extra cautious about this because they can afford to be. This team probably won't be in playoff contention this early in the complete rebuild and with so many young players. There is no sense in pushing a guy out there with a minor injury that could turn into something more major if he takes a hard shot to the finger or bangs it off of the rim or falls on it, etc.
I have no problem with going the route of better safe than sorry right now. If this were late in the season and we were making a playoff push? Different. If this were the playoffs? Different.
Btw, anyone who has watched Kyrie all season and then watched him yesterday can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that something was not right with him. I just chalked it up to tired legs after a brutal stretch of road games to open the season. Now, things make a little more sense. He probably spent much of the game protecting that hand (and had tired legs).
Don't fret, Cavs fans. We won't even remember this short stretch in a couple of years when the team will hopefully be ready to compete for something more. Yeah, it's too bad we won't be able to watch him until mid-December, but I think it beats the alternative... Needlessly risking the future for the present.
Oh, and all of the people saying the word, "tank," get serious. There was obviously something up with him Sunday and he was x-rayed during the Dallas game due to this injury. They found something... He's injured. Being cautious is a virtue at this point. It isn't "tanking."