2015 NBA Finals: Do the Cavaliers Have a Chance After Kyrie Irving’s Injury?

June 5th, 2015 by Nick Selbe Leave a reply »

When news broke on Friday that Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving would miss the rest of the NBA Finals with a broken kneecap, reported by ESPN, you could almost hear the collective groan coming from the downtrodden Cleveland fanbase.

The Cavaliers were already considered heavy underdogs before the series began, and their chances became even slimmer with Irving’s injury. After coming within inches of stealing Game 1, what hope can Cavs fans realistically have of seeing the city’s 51-year championship drought snap?

From the Cavaliers’ perspective, there are a couple of tangible reasons to fall back on to prevent the onset of a doom-and-gloom mood.

As soon as forward Kevin Love was ruled out for the playoffs with a shoulder injury, depth became the Cavaliers’ biggest concern. Losing Irving obviously exacerbates the situation, but Game 2 will not be the first time this postseason that two-thirds of the Big Three will have been absent.

Against the Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals, Irving missed Games 2 and 3 with an injured left knee, but the Cavaliers still won both. Head coach Da ...

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