Kyrie Irving has been running for three weeks

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If the Cavaliers are finally going to bring a title to Northeast Ohio, they are going to need Kyrie Irving. And titles are not won in October and November — but you can lose them there. Meaning the Cavaliers are being cautious with his return from a fractured kneecap suffered in the first game of the NBA Finals.

But he is getting better — he’s back to running. That said, he’s not all the way back, but he’s improving. Irving talked about his return at Cavaliers media day, as reported by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Chris Haynes.

Kevin Love (shoulder injury, also in the playoffs last season) will be ready to go at the start of the season.

Irving is expected to be out longer, likely missing the start of the season. The fact he’s running is a good sign, but it’s also different from the cutting, starting and stopping that is part of the pressure put on a knee during a game. Again, the Cavaliers are thinking about Irving in June, not October, when mapping out his return.

That said, he will be back long before the calendar turns to 2016.