Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) drives past Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams (8).
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is determined to stay positive despite a broken finger that will keep him off the court for a month.
Irving broke his left index finger on Saturday against Dallas and he played the next night in Philadelphia before an MRI revealed a crack in the bone. Irving could keep playing with the injury, but he would risk doing more damage and be sidelined even longer.
It's the latest medical setback for the 20-year-old Irving, the NBA's reigning rookie of the year. He has missed time with a foot injury, sprained shoulder, concussion and broken hand in the past two years.
Irving's index and middle fingers were taped together as he shot jumpers during practice while his teammates, who have lost six straight games, prepared for Wednesday's game against the 76ers.