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Report: Kyrie Irving a couple weeks away from practicing

Dec 6, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

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It’s been a rough go for the Cleveland Cavaliers since Kyrie Irving broke his finger — they are 2-6 with him out of the lineup. In the last five games they have an offensive rating of 96 (points per 100 possessions), which would be second worst in the NBA this season, ahead of only the Washington Wizards (who also are missing a point guard).

And it may be a little longer before the Cavaliers get Irving back from the hairline fracture in his left index finger.

That’s the update from coach Byron Scott, speaking to the News Herald.

Irving is probably a couple weeks away from returning to the practice floor in contact drills. He’s been practicing lately, but when they have contact, he sits out.

“I know he’s anxious,” Scott said. “We’re not going to take any chances. We’ll leave it up to the doctors. He has to get at least one practice in. The chance of him coming back early, I don’t know.”

The 4-15 Cavaliers are not going anywhere, they should not rush Irving back. There is no reason, they need to think long term.

But man, I do miss watching him play. Hopefully he gets back soon.

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