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.
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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.