‘Frustrated’ Kyrie Irving ‘Worried’ After Re-Injuring Left Knee in Game 1 Loss

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) walks off the floor after being injured during overtime of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. The Warriors won 108-100. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) tries to control the ball next to Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during overtime of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. Irving left the game with an injury right after this play. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) tries to control the ball next to Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during overtime of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. Irving left the game with an injury right after this play. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

 

OAKLAND (USA Today) – Kyrie Irving sat at his locker with a towel over his head for about five minutes after reporters finished asking questions.

He was alone with his thoughts.

But minutes before, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ All-Star guard said he was “a little disappointed, a little frustrated” that he re-injured his left knee in overtime of Golden State’s 108-100 victory against the Cavs in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

For the previous 40-plus minutes he played, Irving was fantastic, showing no signs of the tendinitis that has bothered him and kept him from playing as much as he wanted in the two previous series.

“Coming in I felt amazing,” said Irving, who had 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks, including one on Steph Curry that set up Cleveland’s potentially game-winning possession at the end of regulation.

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