Kyrie Irving has been out for three weeks with a fractured index finger on his left hand, and was cleared for full contact on Monday and coach Byron Scott said he plans on starting the second year point guard when the Cavs take on the Los Angeles Lakers.
While Irving was out the Cavs tallied a record of 2-9, not much better than the 2-8 record they posted with him. The Cavs are also missing their starting rookie guard Dionne Waiters who’s averaging 15 points, 3 assist and a frigid 36% from the field and 35% from three-point land who’s out with a sprained ankle and bone bruise.
While getting Irving back will definitely give the Cavs a boost, they will need Waiters to be more efficient when he returns. The 15 points as a rookie is a good start, however the Cavs need him to be more than a volume scorer. As he continues to develop, fans have to show some patience with the young man as he will have ups and downs during his first season. Hopefully he blooms earlier than most rookies, but history tells us that we’ll see flashes this year and in his second season is where we’ll see the biggest jump in consistency.
Now with Irving back that allows everybody else to go back to their normal role and not feel the pressure of having to do something they’re not used to. Irving having been injured every year the last three years straight, needs to find a way to stay on the court. A fractured finger, concussion, and sprained ankles are all things that can be considered freak injuries, but if he is to be the backbone of the team, it will be crucial for him to stay on the court.