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The Cleveland Cavaliers are bringing a 14-game division losing streak into a matchup with a team they haven't beaten much of late.
There is some hope for the Cavaliers since Kyrie Irving has returned heading into Wednesday night's road contest with the Indiana Pacers.
Cleveland (5-17) hasn't beaten a Central Division foe since a 101-100 win over Detroit on Feb. 21. The Cavaliers have dropped eight of their last nine against the Pacers (10-11), including four in a row on the road - where they are 2-11 this season.
Irving is back after missing 11 games with a broken finger. He returned with 28 points and 11 assists as the Cavaliers ended a five-game skid with Tuesday's 100-94 victory over the Lakers.
"I was just staying aggressive the entire game and finding my teammates," Irving said. "I worked with the bigs in practice yesterday and told them what spots to be at and that I'd find them."
The Cavaliers limited Los Angeles to 41.3 percent shooting - the lowest percentage they have yielded in 11 games. Cleveland is last in the NBA in field-goal percentage defense at 47.8 percent.
"For 48 minutes, we played some of the best defense," coach Byron Scott said. "As I told the guys after the game, that's how we have to play."
Cleveland sported a new backcourt Tuesday with C.J. Miles getting his first start of the season. Miles came through with 28 points for his highest total in two seasons.
"I started him because he was playing really well the last three or four games, and I thought his confidence was coming back," Scott said. "The second thing was that he's been taking good shots, not trying to do too much, and letting the game come to him."
Indiana could be poised to slow down Cleveland's guards. The Pacers are limiting opponents to 41.3 percent from the field for the NBA's best mark.
The Pacers, however, enter off one of their poorer efforts on the defensive end in Sunday's 104-93 loss at Oklahoma City. Led by Kevin Durant's 27 points, the Thunder shot 48.7 percent.
"It's tough to see guys making shots when you're playing tough defense on them. That was really what it was for us,'' forward Paul George said.
Indiana is the league's second-worst scoring team at 90.8 points per games as it continues to struggle without swingman Danny Granger, out with a sore left knee.
"We may have a couple breakdowns here and there that we need to fix, but that is something expected with a lot of new guys and a guy like Danny out," guard George Hill said. "We have to figure out how to close games late in the game."
Cleveland was outrebounded 54-43 on Tuesday and faces another tough task with Indiana averaging a league-high 46.3 boards.
The Cavs do have the NBA's top rebounder in Anderson Varejao, who had 20 points and nine boards against the Lakers - though his streak of 12 straight games with double-digit rebounds came to an end.
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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
The Cavaliers are 2-9 since Irving injured his finger, including the current five game losing...
Life without Kyrie Irving has not been fun. It was hard. How hard? The Cleveland Cavaliers (4-17, 13th in the East) went 2-9 without him. Sure, the Cavaliers are 2-8 with him, so there’s no evidence of the team being worse without him. But if you watched the 11 games he missed, you know the truth.
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Kyrie Irving had missed the Cleveland Cavaliers' last 11 games with a fractured finger. In that time, the Cavaliers often looked hopeless. They lost nine of those 11 games. However, irving was back last night as the Cavs took on the Los Angeles Lakers. And he made an instant difference. In his first game back, Irving played the second-most minutes (38) of anyone on the...
The Cleveland Cavaliers have something to cheer for once again. Point guard Kyrie Irving, who went down with a broken finger, is expected to return to action tomorrow against the Los Angeles Lakers. He was previously expected to make a return next week. Jason Lloyd, a Cavaliers beat writer, tweeted the following.Kyrie returned to practice today, expected to play tmrw vs Lakers....
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Sitting and watching his teammates play was torture for Kyrie Irving. Seeing the Cavaliers lose made it worse.
Back earlier than expected, Irving was cleared to practice after missing 11 games with a broken left finger and the star point guard will likely play Tuesday night when Cleveland hosts the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.
"It's been very difficult...
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has returned to practice and is available to play in Tuesdays home game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Irving, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, has missed the previous three weeks (11 games) with a broken left index finger.
He leads the team in scoring at 22.9 points per game, and assists at 5.6 per game.
Kyrie Irving talks after Cavaliers beat Lakers.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kyrie Irving scored 28 points in his return after missing 11 games with a broken finger, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 100-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, who dropped to a new low Tuesday night in a tumultuous season.
Irving added 11 assists in 39 minutes and showed off his dizzying array of moves as the Cavs ended a five-game losing streak.
Unfortunately Kyrie Irving didn’t do so well on his test.
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The NBA tweeted the first batch of results for All-Star balloting-
1st Returns, East Backcourt: D.Wade (430,925), Rajon Rondo (382,613), Deron Williams (211,426), Kyrie Irving (155,989), Ray Allen (130,016)
— 2013 #NBAAllStar(@NBAAllStar) December 13, 2012
Irving is fourth despite missing half the Cavaliers’ games this season.
Anderson Varejao, who leads the league in rebounding...
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