Found December 12, 2012 on Fox Sports Ohio:
CLEVELAND -- It hasnt felt this good in these parts for quite some time. Oh, the Cavaliers 100-94 win over the Lakers on Tuesday was just one game. And no one is trying to hide the fact the Cavs are 5-17, or that the Lakers are an absolute mess. But this, folks, was NBA basketball at its finest. It was Kyrie Irving returning and displaying a more remarkable performance than most fans had even hoped. You could even go as far as to say it was Irvings best game as a pro. It was also C.J. Miles doing his best World B. Free imitation, boldly shooting from where no man has shot before. OK, guys shoot from those same spots all the time, its just that for Miles, they werent really going in. At least, not until Tuesday. And it was the Cavs giving us a taste of what life could be like, on a regular basis, a year or two from now. Or, if you dare to dream, for the rest of this season. But honestly. There were so many cool things about this game that its hard to chronicle them in 10,000 words or less. Unless, of course, youre Cavs coach Byron Scott. We just needed a win, he said. Yeah, that about covers it. The Cavs just needed a win, a reason to feel good, a reason to celebrate Irvings return after missing 11 games with a broken finger. That was it. That was all they needed. But they got so much more. Lets start with Irving, because this night truly was about how he would perform, how the Cavs would look with him in the lineup again. Well, how does 28 points, 10 assists and six rebounds sound? Not bad, eh. Throw in the fact Irving did a lot of it with nifty dribbles and fascinating finishes, and oh man. Throw in the fact he did all of it in an actual victory, over the leagues most celebrated team, in front of a crowded house, and its just that much sweeter. He just loves to play basketball, Scott said. He loves the competition. He likes being put in the position of having to deliver. Hes just a special young man. He just made Cleveland basketball must-see TV again, and it only took him four quarters. Or as Irving proved Tuesday, all of about one shot. Miles of good news As for Miles, he couldnt be benched soon enough after starting the season looking like someone who may or may not be able to cut it in the professional league in Bosnia. He later showed some flashes, but only flashes. No one ever expected what took place vs. LA. Not Scott, not Cavs fans, and probably not Miles himself. But Miles also finished with 28 points, starting the game 4-for-5 from the floor and 3-for-4 on three-pointers. He was, without a doubt, a huge reason the Cavs built a 15-point halftime lead and hung on at the end. Pretty cool considering Miles made his first start in a Cleveland uniform, as regular starter Dion Waiters remains out with an ankle injury. I got a lot of good looks, especially in the beginning of the game, said Miles, who finished 10-for-18 shooting. I would catch the ball and guys would be three steps away instead of one, and thats the easiest shot you can get." Of course, this came down to more than just Irving and Miles. It was a team effort in the truest sense. Anderson Varejao scored 20 and grabbed nine rebounds. Alonzo Gee added 17 points and provided the only ray of hope when it came to trying to defend Lakers star Kobe Bryant (who scored 42 points, but probably wouldve gone for 102 if not for Gee). Also, Tristan Thompson hustled his way to 10 important rebounds. Through it all, the 19,172 at Quicken Loans Arena were given a show to remember -- and a reminder that with Irving, there should be plenty more to come. That may be the best news of all. This was a win the Cavs needed, a win that they got, and much, much more. In these parts, with this team, that just makes you feel good all the way around. Follow Sam Amico on Twitter @SamAmicoFSO
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

NBA News: Kyrie Irving cleared to practice, should play against Lakers

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...

Cavaliers Welcome Kyrie Irving Back as they Host the Los Angeles Lakers

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. The Cavaliers score 108.3 points per 100 possessions with Kyrie on the floor. They...

Topping L.A. was nice, but Kyrie’s “true test” is in Indiana

Kyrie Irving was ready. The self-proclaimed Cavaliers’ biggest cheerleader was ready to put down his pom poms and swap his suit for a wine and gold jersey. He knew that all of his begging and pleas would fall on the deaf ears of team physicians, keeping a long term, investment-like frame of mind when it came to clearing the reigning Rookie of the Year to resume full basketball...

Kyrie Irving Returns, Helps Cavaliers Drop Lakers

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...

Box Score: Cavaliers 81, Pacers 96

Unfortunately Kyrie Irving didn’t do so well on his test. CJ Miles came into this game picking up right where he left off. He scored 11 of the Cavaliers first 13 points and the Cavs bench played the best quarter of their season in the 2nd quarter. The Cavaliers were up 54-38 with about 4 minutes left in the first half. It looked like the Cavaliers would be cruising to another win...

Cavalier Injury Update: Kyrie Irving Expected to Return Tuesday

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....

Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving cleared to play

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...

Kyrie returns, available for L.A.

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. Meanwhile, rookie...

Kyrie Irving talks after Cavaliers beat Lakers

Kyrie Irving talks after Cavaliers beat Lakers.

Irving and Cavs deal Lakers another loss

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. Kobe Bryant...

Irving's return sparks Cavs past Lakers

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers ran into one of the all-time greats. But not even Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant's season-high 42 points could ruin the return of Cavs guard Kyrie Irving on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena. Playing for the first time since Nov. 18, Irving had 28 points, six rebounds and a season-high 11 assists in the Cavs' exciting 100-94 victory...

12 Days of Christmas: WFNY loving them some Cavaliers!

Apologies to all for no contest yesterday, but we are back online today with another giveaway. Ericj_d was the winner of Monday’s giveaway. Cavalier fans everywhere were the winner last night though. Great game by Kyrie and CJ Miles. To celebrate that win, we’re going with another Cavalier themed prize pack today. Just a reminder how the giveaway works. For the next 11 weekdays...

Box Score: Lakers 94, Cavaliers 100

What a night for Cleveland sports. First, Kyrie Irving came back for the Cavaliers. Then, while the game was going on, the Indians made what appears to be a stellar trade. And then, just for good measure, the Cavaliers beat the Lakers. It was evident from the beginning just how much Irving was missed. Kyrie wasted no time in making his impact felt and the Cavaliers opened up a huge...

Cavaliers (4-17) vs. Lakers (9-12) - Game 22

OPENING TIP 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...

NBA Report: Kyrie 4th among East guards in All-Star voting, Varejao not among leaders

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...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.