Kyrie Irving continues to suffer from the strange injury bug that bites at him year, after year, after year. He’s broken a pinky, tweaked a knee, hurt his hand, his foot, and who knows what else? With only a month left in the regular season, the Cleveland Cavaliers sit four-and-a-half games out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Irving will be out for “at least” two weeks with a strained tendon in his left biceps, which unfortunately means, that he will be out for the most important stretch of this season for the Cavs. A few weeks ago, it seemed like the Cavs had taken the wind out of fans’ sails when they dropped to five-and-a-half games out with two losses that made the team look as bad as it did in 2011.

Then, they put together a couple of wins against the likes of Phoenix and Oklahoma City, and pulled fans back into the reach of hope. Still, hope continues to be there with the Cavs only four-and-a-half games out of playoff reach.

They’ll have to do it without Irving, “at least” for two weeks.

The Cavs cannot continue to count on Irving to be the star and/or leader of this team if he continues to suffer these freak injuries. They may not be his fault, but perhaps the Cavs should consider placing their franchise in the hands of another one of their bright stars, Dion Waiters.

Waiters seems to always have the gas pedal floored as far as the energy he brings every game. He doesn’t really take plays off, like Irving sometimes can do. Irving also tends to have lazy moments where he watches the game, especially on the defensive end. Plus, there have been hints at his displeasure in Cleveland, and links to New York and Los Angeles. He may drive some fans nuts when he tries to play “hero ball,” but Waiters may be able to take the reigns in Cleveland and lead them to victory.

Not only for the rest of this season, but in the future.

Do you think the Cavs can make the playoffs without Kyrie Irving?

And…

Do you think the Cavs should consider making Dion Waiters the franchise player, and seeing what they can get back for Irving in the off-season?

-AJ Ondrey

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