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.
An MRI on Friday revealed the injury, and Irving will undergo surgery to repair the knee in the coming days.
He suffered the injury about midway through overtime during his team's 108-100 loss on Thursday, and limped to the locker room to be evaluated.
Irving scored 23 points, dished out six assists and grabbed seven rebounds before going down with the injury in the loss. The Cavaliers outscored the Warriors by five points with Irving on the court, but were outscored by 13 without him. Without Irving this season, the Cavaliers have gone 3-9, including the playoffs.
Irving averaged 19 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists this postseason.
Irving had the MRI on his knee on Friday. He suffered the injury about midway through overtime during his team's 108-100 loss on Thursday, and limped to the locker room to be evaluated.
Irving's status for Game 2 on Sunday is uncertain.
"Our main concern is Kyrie's health," Blatt said during Friday's media session. "We're hoping he can play."
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