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Cavs G Kyrie Irving to return at New Orleans

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 31, 2013 at 4:35 pm •  Published: March 31, 2013

The Cavaliers had dropped seven in a row heading into the matchup with New Orleans, but Scott insisted Irving's return was not about wins and losses. Cleveland began the day with a 22-49 record and is headed for a lottery pick.

"If we thought he was in any danger we would not put him out there," Scott said. "That's first and foremost. I'm the cautious one when it comes to putting him out there."

Irving is averaging 23 points and 5.7 assists a game. The Cavs said their leading scorer will be inactive for Monday's game in Atlanta as "he takes the next steps in his recovery."

Also, Hornets coach Monty Williams said guard Greivis Vasquez would return to the starting lineup. Vasquez has missed two of the past three games with a sprained left ankle.