Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving has been fully cleared to practice and is ever closer to making his 2015-16 season debut, according to Tom Withers of the Associated Press.
It’s still unclear when Irving will return to the floor, but he’s cleared a huge hurdle in his recovery from knee surgery in June. Once the young point guard gets back on the court, it’s all systems go moving forward:
“I’m a Ferrari without a rearview mirror,” he said.
The Cavaliers have a 13-5 record despite Irving and Iman Shumpert not playing a single game. Timofey Mozgov and Mo Williams have also missed time with injuries. When healthy, Williams has done an admirable job filling in for Irving, as has Matthew Dellavedova.
But of course, Irving brings a whole other dimension to the Cavaliers that those two don’t. He’s an elite scorer who can break down opposing defenses at will, which will make Cleveland all-the-more dangerous. He averaged 21.7 points and 5.2 assists last season.
One intriguing thing to watch when Irving comes back is how it affects Kevin Love. The power forward has been much more involved in the offense this season, but his usage will likely drop a bit when the star point guard comes back. Making it work at a high level with all three stars on the team is key in order for the Cavaliers to win a title.