Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has been out since January 2nd with a bruised knee. He participated in today’s morning shootaround, but remains a game-time decision against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Irving is averaging 22.2 points, 6.1 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in his third season in the NBA.
The Cavaliers have had a tough go so far this year. They are 11-23, and struggling as the 25th ranked offense in the league. Irving is a bright spot for the Cavs, but they need more scoring options to become serious playoff contenders.
Last night’s trade for Luol Deng is a step in the right direction. Deng is averaging 19.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. He has been in the league for nine years, and is an absolute work horse. The unfortunate situation with Andrew Bynum, whom the Cavs traded away to get Deng, is now in the past.
As much as the Cavs are struggling, they are only three games behind eighth place Detroit in the Eastern Conference. With 48 games remaining, Cleveland has the potential to make it to the playoffs. However, the Eastern Conference is top heavy, which means the Cavs have a small chance of advancing if they slip in.