Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving cleared to play

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

Irving cleared: Sitting and watching his teammates play was torture for Kyrie Irving. Seeing the Cavaliers lose made it worse.

Back earlier than expected, Irving was cleared to practice after missing 11 games with a broken left finger and the star point guard will likely play tonight when Cleveland hosts the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.

Cleveland went just 2-9 without last season's rookie of the year, who broke his finger Nov. 17 in a game against Dallas. He played the following night at Philadelphia before medical tests revealed a non-displaced fracture. Irving will play with a protective splint on his finger, but said the brace won't affect his play.

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