CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Kyrie Irving seems to have fully recovered from his broken hand suffered over the summer while practicing with the U.S. Olympic basketball team.
Irving stood out in the Cavaliers annual Wine and Gold Scrimmage despite his Wine team falling to the Gold team 54-44 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Irving led all scorers with 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting. He also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Irving controlled the tempo during his 32 minutes on the floor and seemed at ease handing the ball, driving the lane, and dishing to his teammates.
His new backcourt mate, rookie Dion Waiters also looked good getting to the basket with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting. The 4th overall pick out of Syracuse also had 4 rebounds. Waiters did struggle with his jump shot.
Head coach Byron Scott put the team through a 40-minute 5-on-5 scrimmage while the clock continuously ran throughout the four quarters. The scrimmage capped off the first week of practice.
Forward Omri Casspi and newly acquired guard C.J. Miles led the Wine team with 9 points apiece. Casspi looked dramatically better than he did at this time last season when a slow start led to a disappointing season. Rookie center Tyler Zeller had just two points in 28 minutes for the Gold team. The lead candidate to back up Irving at the point, Jeremy Pargo added seven.
The most important thing to come out of the scrimmage was the entire team appeared to avoid injury. The exhibition season gets underway Monday night at the Q when the Cavaliers host Montepaschi Siena. Tipoff is at 7:00pm.