Cavs Play Lakers Tonight, Irving is expected to play
Tonight, the Clevleand Cavaliers will face off the Los Angeles Lakers for ther only season matchup and the Quicken Loan Arena.
Both teams are hoping to end a loosing streak. Unlike the Browns who won 3 games in a row and a great bet on NFL spread check it out at Sportsbettin.ag. The Cavaliers are looking to end their 5 game loosing streak while the Lakers are looking to end their two game loosing streak.”
The one thing going for the Cavaliers tonight isÂ is Cavaliers point guard, Kyrie Irving, is expected to play after missing the last 11 games with an injured finger. Before his injury, Irving was averaging a team-high 22.9 points and 5.6 assists.
Despite a slow season start for the Lakers, Kobe is putting impressive numbers and leading the league with 28.6 points per game whileÂ while Howard has posted averages of 18.4 points and 11.7 rebounds.
Six days ago in New Orleans, Kobe Bryant surpassed 30,000 points for his career. In doing so, Bryant became the youngest to 30,000 points in NBA history.Â In the Cavaliers last game on Saturday, Gee finished with a near double-double of 12 points, a season-high nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 38 minutes. He is averaging a career-high 12.1 points this season and leads the team in steals.
Irving was cleared to practice after missing 11 games with a broken left finger and the star point guard.
â€œItâ€™s been very difficult,â€ Irving said after Mondayâ€™s practice. â€œBut Iâ€™ve gotten a chance to really break down the game and itâ€™s given me a chance to get a different outlook being on the sideline. Iâ€™m really happy to be out there and be competing again.â€
Cleveland went just 2-9 without last seasonâ€™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. The Cavs thought Irving would be out for at least one month, but heâ€™s returning after just three weeks. Irving will play with a protective splint on his finger, but said the brace wonâ€™t affect his play.
Coach Byron Scott said the news that Irving was ready to return was just what the team needed.
â€œI think all the guys are looking forward to having him back out there because he does make most of our guysâ€™ jobs a lot easier because he can create so much for himself and for his teammates,â€ Scott said.
While the Cavs are getting Irving back, theyâ€™re still without rookie guard Dion Waiters, who has missed four games with a sprained left ankle and will sit against the Lakers.
Scott said Waiters also has a bone bruise and is â€œstill a little ways away.â€
â€œHeâ€™s just now starting to do some running,â€ Scott said. â€œIf it was a regular ankle sprain, he probably would have been able to practice, but the bone bruise obviously makes it a little more difficult for it to heal. Itâ€™s going to take a little time.â€