Kyrie Irving reportedly plans to make season debut Thursday vs. Thunder

First, his new shoe comes out. Now, Kyrie Irving is eyeing a return to the court.

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Kyrie Irving has missed the first 23 games of the season for the Cleveland Cavaliers as he’s worked his way back from the fractured kneecap injury he suffered in Game 1 of the NBA Finals last June. 

He’s finally ready to make his long-awaited return, according to a report from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin:

The Cavs have been battling various injury issues all season long, and just lost Iman Shumpert again, who left Tuesday night’s contest against the Celtics with a groin injury and did not return.

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is set to make his season debut Thursday at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder, a source familiar with Irving's plans told ESPN.com.

Irving's final hurdle before the team approves of his intention to play will involve a series of physical tests to measure his body's strength and responsiveness, a team source told ESPN.com. The tests will be similar to the ones administered on Irving before he was allowed to return for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Atlanta last spring after sitting out Games 2 and 3 with tendinitis in his left knee.

Getting Irving back will be a huge boost to Cleveland’s offense. He averaged 21.7 points and 5.2 assists in 36.4 minutes per game for the Cavaliers last season.

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