The Cleveland Cavaliers are still patiently waiting for the return of star point guard Kyrie Irving from knee surgery, and Irving recently cleared a big hurdle in his rehab when he was cleared for “intensive” weight-bearing activities, according to Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com.
Irving underwent surgery for a fractured kneecap that he suffered in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The initial timetable for his recovery was three-to-four months, but we’re at five months and counting now, and it’s still going to be awhile longer before he can return.
Still, the fact that he’s now cleared for the next phase of his recovery is a good sign, although this doesn’t mean he’s ready for on-court work just yet. Once he builds up the strength in his injured leg, then he’ll be cleared to return to the practice floor. After that, it’ll likely be another week or two before he returns to game action.
The good news for the Cavaliers is they’ve gotten stellar play from the point-guard fill-ins. The signing of Mo Williams this summer has proven to be huge, as the veteran point guard is averaging 16.9 points and 5.2 assists in 31.8 minutes per game. He boasts a shooting slash line of 49.6/40/92.3. Matthew Dellavedova has also performed admirably in the backup role.
Cleveland is 8-1 to start the season without Irving.