INDEPENDENCE (92.3 The Fan) – While Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert have not been fully cleared for basketball activities yet, both participated in a moderated portion of practice on Monday afternoon at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
“We were able to get them to take part in a good piece of [Monday’s practice],” Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt said. “Day-to-day, making a little bit more progress.”
Irving and Shumper participated in some light contact during their first practice activity, but Blatt indicated no official date has been set for either’s return.
“We’re being very conscious and conscientious about keeping them within their limits and not rushing them back,” Blatt said. “But they are both working hard and well, and they are making progress. Exactly when they are going to return, I just can’t say, because I don’t know — not yet.”
However, the Cavs’ coach has been impressed by Shumpert’s ability to quickly recover from wrist surgery in September.
“For a normal person, I would say he is ahead of schedule,” Blatt said. “That doesn’t mean he’s coming back tomorrow, but I would say he’s very much further along the line than most people would be at the same phase.”
Because Irving and Shumpert have not been able to suit up for Cleveland yet this season, it might be easy to start thinking ahead to how they will be used, but Blatt is trying to take their return one step at a time.
“Not really there yet,” Blatt said. “Obviously it enters my mind thinking about it — and the idea of them coming back is exciting for us — but we’re just not there yet. I don’t want to put the cart before the horse.”
The Cavs will welcome the Washington Wizards to Cleveland on Tuesday night.