6:03pm: Kyrie Irving has been diagnosed with a biceps strain and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com (Twitter link). As of right now the Cavs have no plans to shut him down for the season tweets Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio.
8:00am: The Cavs’ 102-80 loss to the Clippers last night is the least of their worries. Cleveland might have also lost star guard Kyrie Irving for the season, writes Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer.
Irving exited the game with a left biceps injury late in the first quarter and left the arena with his left arm in a sling. While he is scheduled to have an MRI today in Cleveland, two NBA sources indicated the injury could be severe enough to end his season in the worst case scenario. That could turn out to be a death blow for the Cavs who are 4.5 games behind the eighth-seeded Hawks with 15 games to go.
The All-Star guard has been tough all season long, having missed just three games this year with a left knee contusion and even playing through a broken nose suffered back in November. In 64 games this season, Irving has averaged 21.2 PPG and 6.2 APG in 35.5 minutes per night with a PER of 20.0, a small step below the previous two seasons.
Eddie Scarito contributed to this post.