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Kyrie Irving avoids serious injury after scary incident

Kyrie Irving in Mavs uniform holding a basketball

Feb 8, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving (2) controls the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving appears to have avoided a significant injury after teammate Dwight Powell landed on his ankle Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Irving sustained a heel contusion but did not suffer a substantial injury, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. There is no immediate timetable for his return.

Irving’s injury looked ugly live. Powell was contesting a rebound when he lost his balance and landed directly on Irving’s right leg. The star guard left the game, though the Mavericks disputed a claim from the Blazers’ TV broadcast stating that Irving left the arena in a wheelchair.

The veteran guard is averaging 23 points and 5.2 assists per game on the season. Fortunately for the Mavericks, he may avoid a long-term absence.

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