Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving was forced to exit Sunday night’s game after sustaining a left biceps injury.
It’s an all too familiar scene for fantasy basketball owners, as Irving has been plagued by injuries all the way back since his days at Duke.
Irving was injured in the second quarter when he collided with the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin while battling for a rebound. He immediately went to the sidelines grimacing in pain. He finished with two points (0-5 FG), four rebounds and two assists in 10 minutes.
The injury is initially being called a “biceps” injury, but it could be shoulder-related, possibly to the labrum. The large head of the biceps is attached to the labrum, which often makes such injuries look like they are related to the arm.
Irving is having an All-Star season — literally — winning the MVP Award at this year’s All-Star Game in New Orleans.
The 21-year-old is averaging 21.5 points, 6.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.9 3-pointers in the 2013-14 campaign. He’s been even more incredible over his 10 games, scoring 22.6 points with 6.7 dimes, 5.4 boards, 2.2 steals, and 2.2 treys. He recorded his first-career triple-double on Feb. 28 vs. the Utah Jazz.
Dion Waiters, the Cavs’ No. 1 pick last season, is set to benefit the most from any games Irving may miss.
Waiters (43.1 percent owned on ESPN.com) is somewhat of a two-category player, mainly helping in points (14.4) and threes (1.2), but has the capability to explode, especially if he was the top guard option in the Cavs’ lineup.
Waiters has really picked up his game since returning from a seven-game absence due to a hyperextended knee. In those five games, the former Syracuse Orange star is averaging 15.8 points, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 3-pointers. He’s also shot 47.2 percent from the floor, much better than his season average of 42.6 percent. He should be the hottest commodity on your league’s waiver wires.
Jack (21.5 percent owned) was already starting at shooting guard in Cleveland, but will have a bigger role now. After signing a four-year, $25 million deal this past summer, Jack has been a disappointment this season, averaging just 8.6 points and 3.8 assists
Although he’s missed 12 straight games with an ankle injury, Miles (1.6 percent owned) is also worth consideration in deeper leagues if you have a bench spot to blow and need help from beyond the arc.
The ninth-year pro has been great in limited time this season, averaging 18.4 points and 3.0 triples per 36 minutes.