Kyrie Irving Might Return to Action Tonight

by April 18, 2012

According to Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott, Kyrie Irving is just about ready to return from a shoulder injury, and the leading Rookie of the Year candidate could suit up tonight for the Cavs. From the Plain Dealer: “As the season winds down, the 20-year-old rookie is gearing up for a late comeback. Irving, who sprained his right shoulder on March 30, endured his most rigorous workout in recent weeks in hopes returning to action. The presumptive NBA Rookie of the Year played 3-on-3 after morning shootaround and showed no ill effects. He absorbed hard screens and didn’t shy away from contact, Byron Scott said. ‘He got hit a couple times pretty good and he didn’t seem to flinch,’ the coach said. Scott is growing more optimistic Irving will play again this season, and said there’s a chance it could be as soon as Wednesday night at The Q against Philadelphia. Irving has missed 10 of the past 11 games. The point guard worked out twice Tuesday and received treatment on the injured shoulder. Irving said he would not campaign to play against the Sixers. ‘It depends on [trainer] Max [Benton] and the medical staff and if they clear me to play along with coach Scott,’ Irving said. ‘Right now, it’s in my hands, but not really.’ In the past 16 months, Irving has had to deal with a significant toe injury, a concussion and sprained shoulder. It’s the same shoulder he separated in high school. He has missed 13 games and counting due to the injuries this season.”