CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving didn't waste a moment in starting his recovery for next season, rushing back from the NBA Finals to have surgery on his broken left kneecap.
The All-Star was in the operating room on Saturday, a day after the injury in Game 1 that will make it even tougher for Cleveland to try and win the title.
Irving's surgery at the Cleveland Clinic came less than 24 hours after an exam revealed the fracture which bothered him throughout the postseason. He was hurt in overtime of Cleveland's 108-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors, who will try to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series at home on Sunday.
Irving was driving to his right when he crumpled to the floor. Afterward, he said he felt "something different" in his knee, and his instincts were right as tests confirmed his fears. It's a difficult blow to the Cavaliers and a devastating one to Irving, who has been dogged by injuries throughout his pro career. Despite numerous medical setbacks, he had blossomed into one of the game's elite point guards this season only to have it ended with another injury.
The Cavaliers said Irving will need three to four months of recovery.
In Game 1, he scored 23 points with seven rebounds, six assist and four steals in 43 minutes.
Matthew Dellavedova likely will start in Irving's spot. He made big plays in the second round against Chicago when Irving was out, and had an impact on the sweep over the Atlanta Hawks with his hustle at both ends of the floor.