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Irving back for tired Cavaliers

6:45 PM, Apr 18, 2012   |    comments
Brace Hemmelgarn/US PRESSWIRE
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CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers rookie guard Kyrie Irving is back in the starting lineup after missing nine straight games with a shoulder injury.

Irving hasn't played since April 3 when he re-injured his shoulder.

The NBA's presumptive rookie of the year will start Wednesday night as the Cavaliers, playing their seventh game in nine nights, host the Philadelphia 76ers.

Cavs coach Byron Scott said he has some apprehension about playing Irving, but he's going to trust "my gut," Cleveland's medical staff and most of all Irving. Scott said Irving's minutes will be limited and there's a chance he will sit out some of Cleveland's final six games.

Irving is averaging a team-leading 18.8 points and 5.7 assists. The No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft has been everything the Cavs had hoped.

The Associated Press

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