Kyrie Irving is returning to the state where he starred in high school. Deron Williams will be waiting for him.
A former New Jersey high school standout, Irving will try to help his Cleveland Cavaliers end a three-game slide Monday night against Williams and the New Jersey Nets.
Irving leads all rookies with 18.6 points per game as he plays his first professional game in the Garden State. He became a McDonald's All-American a few miles from Newark at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J., before spending one season at Duke. He will match up with Williams for the third time.
Irving scored a season-high 32 points the last time these point guards met, but Williams had 27 and 10 assists as the Nets (15-31) won 99-96 in Cleveland on Jan. 27. Williams outscored Irving 16-13 in New Jersey's 98-82 loss there Jan. 1.
Cavaliers coach Byron Scott made a controversial move by resting Irving for the first 4:17 of the fourth quarter Sunday as Cleveland's deficit grew from eight to 16 poi...