Cavs lose Irving to biceps injury for two weeks

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will miss at least two weeks with an arm injury.

Irving hurt his left biceps in Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, and an MRI taken Monday revealed a strained tendon. The team said Irving will be shut down for two weeks and be re-evaluated.

The loss of Irving, Cleveland's leading scorer and best player, for any length of time is a major blow to the Cavaliers' playoff chances. With 15 games left, the Cavs trail Atlanta by 41⁄2 games for the final spot in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland has a tough week ahead, hosting Miami, Oklahoma City and Houston.

Also troubling is Irving missing more time because of an injury. He sat out 38 games his first two years with a variety of injuries, including a broken nose, fractured jaw, broken finger, sprained shoulder and concussion.

With Irving's injury, it will take a monumental effort for the Cavs, who are fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, to advance to the postseason for the first time since LeBron James left for Miami.

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