Kyrie Irving is expected to return to the lineup for the Cleveland Cavaliers after sitting out the team's last three games with a concussion. The rookie point guard began experiencing concussion symptoms last week Wednesday, and at the time it was unclear how much time he would be forced to miss. He should be okay to play this Wednesday againt the Indiana Pacers, however.
PD: Kyrie Irving returns to the lineup tonight after missing a week with a concussion bit.ly/yyIZhB— Reed, Boyer (@PDcavsinsider) February 15, 2012
Irving passed the mandatory tests laid out in the NBA's return-to-play protocol, part of the league's new stance against concussions. He is expected to start against Indiana, and play somewhere in the 30 to 33-minute range.
"It was a process I had to go through and it made me appreciate what I was doing at the beginning of the season and when I was out and not being able to be with my teammates," Irving said. "It was a process I had to go through and I'm glad it's done."
Irving began suffering mild symptoms after apparently taking a knee to the head against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Cavs went 1-2 in the rookie's absence. Irving is averaging 18 points, 5.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 29.8 minutes per game this season.
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