Cleveland, OH - The Cleveland Cavaliers are very much in the hunt for the eighth seed in the 2014 NBA Playoffs, but their star point guard still has a ways to go before he’s able to return to the floor. Kyrie Irving injured his left biceps and has missed the last week due to the injury. Cleveland is currently three and a half games back of the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth and final playoff position.
“He’s getting closer but he’s not playing tonight. He’s doing the things we need him to do, but it’s too early for me to say.” - Mike Brown
Cleveland has had one of the most inconsistent and disappointing seasons in the NBA so far. There were many analysts that expected them to be a playoff team even before the acquisition of Luol Deng, but they made it clear they wanted to compete when they acquired him. Even with the acquisition of the former Bulls’ star, they have been unable to pick up their play all that much.
Irving has played in 64 games this season for the Cavaliers, averaging 21.2 points, 3.2 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per game. He has been inconsistent quite often this year, but has still been able to put together a very good season. There are concerns about his inconsistency, and there are rumors floating around Cleveland that he would like to head to a different team.
All that being said, the Cavaliers are still confident that Irving wants to stay and be a big part of the turnaround for Cleveland basketball. He has said that he won’t leave like LeBron James did, but that could change with another losing season next year. It will be very intriguing to see what the future holds, but for now the Cavaliers need their star player out on the court to make a run at the playoffs.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.