Cavs guard Irving frustrated by latest injury

Associated Press Modified: November 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012
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After sitting and watching practice, Irving, with his index and middle fingers taped together and braced by a splint, stayed on the floor and shot jumpers. Scott would prefer if Irving would stay off the court completely, but he knows better than to ask.

"He's hardheaded," Scott said.

Irving and Scott have formed a close bond that goes deeper than player and coach. Scott feels Irving's disappointment and he's doing all he can to keep his best player's spirits high.

"This morning just watching him and talking to him briefly he was a little frustrated," Scott said. "But he'll get over it. He understands right now we have to do the best thing for Kyrie. That's getting this treatment, letting this thing heal and not putting him in harm's way."

The Cavs are just 2-8 with Irving, who entered the season intent on improving his already superb game and hopefully bringing his team along for the ride. Cleveland will be without him for as many 20 games, and Scott has no idea if the Cavs can improve without Irving leading them.

"It's always one of those things where one of your best players goes down, it's an opportunity for other guys," Scott said. "That's how our guys have to look at it. We haven't changed our outlook going into games. The main thing is to go in there, try and compete and win."

"Now that he's out, we're still trying to focus on those little things we're trying to improve on."

Scott has not decided if he'll start Donald Sloan or Jeremy Pargo in place of Irving, whose 22.9 points, 5.6 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game will be tough to replace. Rookie Dion Waiters, who starts at shooting guard, will continue to play some point.

As difficult as it might be, Scott knows there's no sense in dwelling on Irving's injury. With 72 games left, the Cavaliers must move on.

"We still have a lot of games to go and we have a long ways to go to where we want to get to on both ends of the floor," Scott said. "The biggest thing is, we still know we can win. We've just got to play a little bit of a different style on the offensive end, but we still feel we've got enough guys in this room capable of winning."

Just not the most important one.