Kyrie Irving hasn’t played since the Cavs played against the Philadelphia 76ers in November 18th, when he only scored nine points. He actually hurt his finger in the third quarter of their game against the Dallas Mavericks the day before. It was originally diagnosed as a bruised finger but further MRIs showed he had a broken finger and was said to be out for four weeks. It’s only been three weeks since that happened so he was ahead of the timetable.
The Cavaliers are on a five-game losing streak and are 2-9 without Irving. Not that they did much better with him in the line-up; they were 2-8 with him. But he certainly makes life easier for the Cavaliers. Jeremy Pargo had been starting in his place, who averaged 14.5 points and 4.4 assists in the starting line-up. They were one of the more intriguing teams even with the bad record as Irving has looked like an even better player than his runaway Rookie of the Year campaign.
Irving has averaged 22.9 points and 5.6 assists this season. Irving and Anderson Varejao should make a deadly duo as Varejao has become an even bigger monster on the boards. While Varejao is averaging 15.2 rebounds per game this season, he averaged 16.9 rebounds in the 11 games Irving was not playing.
Kyrie Irving was selected first overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, even though he only played 11 games for the Duke Blue Devils. He was pretty much declared as the savior after LeBron James left the Cavs for the Miami Heat in the infamous Decision. As mentioned, he won Rookie of the Year in the 2011-12 campaign and it was never really even close (Irving won 117 of the 120 first-place votes on the media voting).
The Cavaliers play the Los Angeles Lakers (who are having their own problems themselves) at home on Tuesday night.