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All reports state that his rehab from a left kneecap fracture sustained in Game 1 on the NBA finals is going smoothly, but that the cautious approach to his recovery will keep him sidelined for longer than first expected.
"Kyrie is rehabbing well," general manager David Griffin said. "He's in Miami. He's doing really well actually with his rehab protocol. He feels very good. He's certainly on pace right now for where we need to be. Andy, similarly, feels very good. He actually wanted to try to dress in the Finals and wasn't real happy that we didn't let him to do it. So, I anticipate he'll be ready for the start of camp."
Irving was playing in these playoffs with lingering injuries that included tendinitis in his knee, but continued to do so because doctors assured him the tendinitis did not make him susceptible to other injuries.
"Obviously, there was a risk going out there playing anyway, no matter what," Irving said. "It was just a freak play."
Irving logged 44 minutes in Game 1 against the Warriors and played well, scoring 23 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out six assists. But the overload of playing time turned a lot of heads, which led to speculation on if he was overworked and that contributed to the fracture.
"It wasn't about the minutes or anything like that that everyone wants to kind of speculate about," Irving said. "It was me who decided to go out and play, put my body on the line."
Irving is projected to miss about 3-4 months as he rehabs the injury.
Irving sustained a broken knee cap during Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but he did not suffer any cartilage or ligament damage to his knee. He is currently wearing a soft cast and is expected to need 3-4 months to recover from the injury.
Irving, who has been dealing with tendinitis in his left knee throughout the playoffs, sustained the latest injury early in overtime of Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. His absence is a serious blow to the team's championship aspirations.
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