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Kyrie Irving is back, and man, thats just great.
Dion Waiters is not, and man, that sort of stinks.
After all, Waiters is the Cavs second-leading scorer, a developing rookie, a guy who scores 20 a game when the Cavs win. OK, thats only been four (out of 21) times, but still.
The Cavs need Waiters, Waiters needs playing time, and the Lakers are in town. And guess who Waiters wouldve been matched up against? Yeah, that guy. Kobe Bryant. The star whos in his 17th season, has won five rings, and at 34, is having one of his best individual seasons ever.
(As for the Lakers as a team, well, we know that story of early drama and untapped chemistry. But lets give a while. Sound good? Great.)
Back to Waiters.
Hes missed four games with a sprained ankle. Well, at least everyone thought it was a sprained ankle. Turns out it was a sprained ankle and a bruise to the ankle bone.
That makes things, oh, just a bit more complicated. Or a lot more.
I think Dions still a little ways away, Cavs coach Byron Scott said from practice Monday.
That comment went somewhat unnoticed, considering the (justified) city-wide and NBA-wide euphoria over Irvings return from a broken finger -- which is taking place a week earlier than the team projected.
Waiters, on the other hand, seems to be going the other way. His injury is a little more severe than originally thought. A bone bruise is no reason to sound the alarms, but its nothing to mess around with, either.
On the bright side, Waiters is not in a walking boot. Hes not hobbling. He even ran some sprints (OK, jogs) alongside a trainer at practice.
Hes just now starting to do some light running, Scott said.
Then the coach discussed the seriousness regarding the latest information.
If it was a regular ankle sprain, he probably wouldve been able to practice (Monday), Scott said. The bone bruise makes it a little more difficult. So its going to take a little more time.
So Waiters will miss out on his first opportunity to learn from the NBAs reigning master at shooting guard. Sadly, moments like these are what rookies live for.
But the Cavs would like to have Dion for as long as the Lakers have had Kobe. It's best not to put the kid in too early. Irving is back. Waiters can wait.
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C Dwight Howard; PF Antawn Jamison; SF Metta World Peace; SG Kobe Bryant; PG Chris Duhon. Coach: Mike DAntoni.
C Anderson Varejao; PF Tristan Thompson; SF Alonzo Gee; SG Daniel Gibson; PG Kyrie Irving. Coach: Byron Scott.
Lakers starting power forward Pau Gasol is questionable with knee tendinitis. It seems unlikely that hell play tonight. Jamison spent two and a half seasons with the Cavs. He played in all but one game last season, averaging 17.2 points. This season, however, Jamison is averaging a career-low 8.0 points. Jamison, 36, has been in the league 15 seasons. The Lakers are his fifth team. Lakers forward Jordan Hill (back) is probable. The Lakers lead the all-time series, 59-41. Scott played 11 seasons and won three championships with the Lakers. His final season as a player came with the Lakers in 1996-97. Bryant was a rookie on that team. Bryant averaged an NBA-best 27.0 points in November. Jan. 29 marks the 33rd anniversary of the Cavs 154-153 home win over the Lakers in four overtimes, widely considered one of the NBAs greatest regular-season games of all time.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers announced today that PG Kyrie Irving was cleared to begin practicing and should be available for Tuesday’s game against the Lakers.
Irving will practice today and be in the starting line-up against the Lakers. #Cavs
— Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) December 10, 2012
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