Originally posted on Stepien Rules  |  Last updated 11/22/12
Cavs fans have been challenged to process an overwhelming amount of new information since Sunday. Kyrie Irving is now out of the lineup. Tristan Thompson is wearing a mask. The first trip to Philadelphia for Dion Waiters is over. CJ Miles is back up off Byron's bench while Daniel Gibson is now injured and on it.   And Jeremy Pargo happened, too. After losing 86-79 in Philly on Sunday, the Cavaliers rallied on Wednesday night to an improbable 92-83 victory. In the process, they won the two-game series by a basket. Heading into the Orlando Magic game on Friday, here's what we've just learned:  Cavs are going to keep being really cautious with Kyrie Irving injuries Not that we learned this for the first time specifically, but it is important to remind ourselves of this dynamic for some perspective. Kyrie Irving isn't "injury-prone" just because he's been out these last couple years with a series of "injuries".  I think he could and would play with this latest set-back if the Cavaliers organization would let him.  He played the second half of the Dallas game on Saturday with this same injury and then all of Sunday's game in Philadelphia. If the Cavs were truly competing for a playoff spot, say it's next year or something, I think Irving maybe tapes an injury like he has now up Kobe-style and plays. Or maybe, more directly, when the Cavs said they would re-evaluate his status in two weeks (from Tuesday) they will do so and determine he won't actually be out for a full month. Tristan and Tyler don't play as well with masks on The good thing is they both look like Jason Vorhees to an extent and that certainly helps from an intimidation standpoint. Offensively, though, neither guy is playing as well with that huge plastic thing smothering their face as they did this season without it.  Tyler Zeller is averaging 3.6 points, five rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes over three masked games. This after a 15 point, seven rebound effort in Los Angeles against the Clippers before suffering the face injury. Tristan Thompson, making his masked debut on Wednesday, finished with only four points on 1-7 shooting. Despite not being able to see the hoop too well through the fogged-up, sweaty mask, he did grab 11 rebounds. Over the previous six games, sans mask, Thompson had been in double figures every night averaging 11.5 points per game. It's probably good the hometown debut is out of the way for Dion Waiters On Sunday, Waiters did not attack the basket enough and settled for way too many jump shots. Dion finished 1-6 from three, 2-13 overall from the floor, netting five points in total. A performance we're going to go ahead and attribute to nerves. Everyone played bad that game anyway, not just D.Waiters.  His first half on Wednesday wasn't much better. But he did rally in the second to hit a few monster shots that helped win the game. Dion finished 7-22 for 16 points, but to go along with that, he also dropped his NBA-best six assists with Irving sidelined. Expect to see an extended look at Dion's play making ability with Kyrie out over the next few games at least. CJ Miles steps into Daniel Gibson's bench role and breaks through On Saturday night against Dallas, I thought Daniel Gibson might emerge as the second unit's scoring leader maybe for the duration of this season. Even after only taking one shot against Brooklyn and not scoring, Booby was averaging 12.6 points over his last five games heading into the Sixers game on Sunday.   But then he didn't play due to injury. Miles didn't play against Dallas due to the staples Byron Scott used to secure him to the bench. With Gibson out on Sunday, though, CJ did get back into the mix and continued to shoot poorly (1-7, 3 points). But last night was different; Miles might've had that breakthrough game he desperately needed going for 13 points and 3 rebounds on 5-9 shooting. So maybe he can lead that bench if Gibson isn't healthy enough to do so. Or, maybe, both of those guys could actually play well at the same time. PARGO!?!?!? I wasn't even sure Jeremy Pargo was better than Donald Sloan. If I'm being honest with everybody, I'm still not. But I suppose I should be after what Pargo went and did last night starting in place of Kyrie Irving.  He was like Lester Hudson and Jeremy Lin all rolled into one sick player. Jeremy had previously scored eight points in 24 minutes all season heading into Wednesday's game against the Sixers. On Wednesday he played 39 minutes and scored 28 on 11-19 shooting. He had the type of game that fringe-NBA players leave D-League gyms every night dreaming to one day have when it matters most. So congrats on all that, Pargo. Keep it going, son. Image: Cavs.com
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Mike Glennon: ‘This is my year and I’m not worried about the future’

Durant apologizes for response to fans complaining about blowouts

Sheldon Richardson: Locker room is better without Brandon Marshall

What's next for the Spurs?

Padres, MLB issue statements on drone crash at Petco Park

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dies at 48

Report: NFL modifies injured reserve rule

Report: Cowboys DE facing four game-ban for supplement

Charlie Sheen working on ‘Major League 3’ with original cast

Report: Odell Beckham Jr. expected at OTAs Thursday after no-show

Kelvin Benjamin looks overweight and slow during drill

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

Box Score 5/23: Preds, Warriors move on to respective Finals

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker