NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving is set to return to the lineup Sunday night against New Orleans after missing eight games with a strained left shoulder.
There was some speculation Irving would miss the rest of the season after injuring the shoulder March 10 against Toronto. But coach Byron Scott said the All-Star point guard is ready and will play against the Hornets.
"It wasn't so much what I noticed but it was the way he was moving, the way he said he felt," Scott said. "He has to trust me. If I don't think he looks right, if I don't think he's moving well, then I'll take him out."
Irving was expected to miss at least three weeks with the injury, his latest during a brief NBA career. He missed 11 games earlier this season with a broken index finger and three with a hyperextended knee. The Rookie of the Year in 2012, Irving missed 15 games last season with injuries and he broke his hand during a summer practice.
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