Irving expected to play against Pacers tonight

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From the Akron-Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd:

Rookie Kyrie Irving has been medically cleared following his concussion and will be in the starting lineup tonight for the Cavs when they host the Indiana Pacers.

Irving suffered the concussion Feb. 7 at Miami and missed three games as a result. The Cavs went 1-2 without him.

Irving said that his concussion “felt better than most,” which does explain why he’s returning to the floor so soon. Before the injury, Irving was enjoying an excellent rookie season, and has averaged 18 points and 5 assists per game on 49.2%/41.3%/83.0% shooting this year. The Cavaliers are currently in the hunt for the #8 seed in the East, but with Jeremy Lin having completely¬†rejuvenated¬†the Knicks, the Cavaliers’ playoff chances appear to be getting slimmer and slimmer.