After missing eight games with a strained left biceps tendon, Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will be making his return in Wine & Gold. Not only will he be playing in a pivotal game in regards to the playoffs, but he will also be starting, most likely next to Dion Waiters for the first time in some time. According to head coach Mike Brown, Irving will be under no minute restrictions for the Wednesday matchup against the Orlando Magic.
Irving took his first practice reps in two weeks on Tuesday, but team physicians did not give him to go-ahead after practice finished up. It was noted that the team physicians said they would evaluate Irving’s status following the shoot around before tipping off against the Magic at 7 p.m.
Waiters and Jarrett Jack have been making great chemistry in the starting lineup with Irving sidelined, but Jack will be better suited pairing with a defensive-minded scrappy player such as Matthew Dellavedova. Irving’s return definitely increases the chance of Cleveland bolting ahead of the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks in the 2014 playoff race. New York will host playoff-bound Brooklyn, while Atlanta hosts the red-hot Chicago Bulls. If Cleveland can gain some more momentum with a victory against the Magic, they have a very good chance of gaining a whole game on both the Knicks and Hawks on Wednesday.