After sitting out two weeks and missing eight games, it looks like it’s time for two-time All-Star Kyrie Irving to return to the court. Even though the Cavaliers were only able to go 4-4 during Irving’s absence, the team’s performance as of late has everyone donning Wine & Gold fighting to win for every minute of the past few contests. If the team can keep up this play, than Irving’s return to the lineup will immensely increase Cleveland’s slim – but increasing – chances of squeaking into the postseason.
After being sidelined by a left biceps injury, Irving returned to the court on Tuesday for team practice according to ESPN.com. The star point guard said that it felt “good” to be back out on the court, but his status for Wednesday’s matchup against Orlando has not yet been determined. He will consult with doctor’s following Wednesday’s shoot around.
If I’m ready to go, I see no reason to stop me. But obviously everyone has their reason, as we know in this business. Obviously, you have a respect for it, but as a basketball player and as a competitor, there’s an inner drive to be back out there. We’ll see what happens.
Even though the Cavs will be without center Anderson Varejao on Wednesday night (sprained shoulder), Spencer Hawes’ contribution to the frontcourt as of late has made rebounding and mismatching one of the stronger suits for the Cavs.
Although Irving has been out while the team has been patching things up over the past five games, I believe that he will come back before the season ends and will be able to be an effective contributor down the final stretch of the season. If he doesn’t make a return Wednesday, I would be very surprised if he wasn’t out on the court in Atlanta to help his team take the Hawks down another game.
Since the backcourt tandem of Jarrett Jack and Dion Waiters has been working beautifully for both players recently, Cleveland finally looks like they have developed a strong core of consistent contributors. Irving’s return would only help Cleveland’s cause.