Reporting Daryl Ruiter
INDEPENDENCE (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Cavaliers All Star guard Kyrie Irving returned to practice Sunday and could be available for Monday night’s game against the New York Knicks.
Irving, who has missed the last 3 games with a hyper-extended right knee which he sustained during practice then aggravated Feb. 24 in a 109-105 loss at Miami, was able to do everything during Sunday’s workout according to head coach Byron Scott.
“Based on what I saw today in practice, there’s a good chance he’ll play tomorrow,” Scott said. “We will see how he feels tomorrow after really going up and down and going full scrimmage.
“Obviously that will determine whether or not he’s good to go or not.”
The knee injury is the 3rd setback of the season for the NBA’s reigning rookie of the year, who is averaging 23.3 points and 5.6 assists per game this season.
Irving missed 11 games after breaking his left index finger Nov. 17 against Dallas but avoided missing more time after sustaining a left maxillary fracture Dec. 14 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Cavaliers were able to win 2 of the 3 games in Irving’s absence.
Scott thinks the 6 days off might do the former Blue Devil some good.
“It was something I think he needed,” Scott said. “Obviously, he could have probably continued to play. It just depends on his threshold of pain, because it was going to be painful. But we just didn’t see any reason why. We tried to let him have as much time as he needed to get that thing completely healed so it’s not something that continues to flare up on him during the rest of the season.
“I thought it was good he took those days off and just got the treatment that he was getting and did all the things he was supposed to do.”
NOTES: Center Tyler Zeller did not practice due to an illness Sunday. His status will be updated following shootaround Monday morning.
Kevin Jones continued his back and forth trip up and down I-77. He was recalled once again from the Canton Charge.
The team also announced they waived waived guard Josh Selby, who was acquired from Memphis on Jan. 22. He averaged 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 32.9 minutes in 11 games with the Canton Charge.