Cavaliers to be super-cautious with Irving, January return possible

The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t taking any chances with Kyrie Irving.

The All-Star point guard is recovering from a kneecap fracture and though the recovery time for such an injury is pegged at three to four months, Chris Haynes of cleveland.com says it’s possible the former number one pick will miss opening night against the Chicago Bulls on October 27 (Oct. 28, PHL time).

Even more drastic, according to one source Haynes talked to, Irving could be held out all the way until January of next year.

That’s how cautious the team will be with the fragile Irving, who has shown he can be a game-changer, that is, when he’s actually on the court.

Last season, he figured in 75 regular season games, a career-high, as the point guard played just 51 outings in his rookie season, and 59 in his sophomore year.

In the 2015 postseason though, he appeared in only 13 of 20 games.

Irving did norm 21.7 points, shooting 41.5 percent from downtown, along with 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals.

During the offseason, the Cavaliers brought back Mo Williams and kept Matthew Dellavedova on his qualifying offer, as insurance at the point guard spot.

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