Apr 5, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) reacts after missing a shot in overtime against the Charlotte Bobcats at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was recently cleared for intensive weight-bearing activities, according to league sources. The update now allows the team’s training staff to intensify his leg-strengthening assignments. The three-time All-Star is progressing well but this new progression does not mean that NBA fans will be seeing the ankle breaker anytime soon. Following the announcement of Irving’s update, Cavaliers Head Coach, David Blatt stated on Thursday, that his star point guard still has “a ways to go.” When Irving builds up equal strength in both knees he then will receive the green light to begin practicing with the team. Kyrie needs to complete a full week of practice, with no setbacks before he is fully cleared to return to the lineup. Irving has not taken the court, since his playoff ending knee injury, during this past summer’s NBA Finals. Current Cavs, starting Point Guard, Mo Williams has made it possible for Irving to take his time in his rehabilitation, thanks to him averaging 16 points per game and 5 assists. Irving’s initial recovery timetable was scheduled for 3-4 months but it has been a little over five months since he last played in a game. The Cavaliers are currently riding a 9 game winning streak, so Kyrie returning as close as possible to 100% should be the number one priority.

 

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