Cavaliers G Irving bruises elbow, returns to game

Cavaliers rookie point guard Kyrie Irving has started the second

half after sustaining a bruised right elbow in the second quarter

against Boston.

Irving left Tuesday night’s game with 3:41 remaining in the

period after taking a charge from Paul Pierce. Irving was taken to

the locker room and returned to the bench with about two minutes to

go, but didn’t play the rest of the half.

Irving had five points and three assists in 10 minutes in the

first half. He was the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft and is the

NBA’s leading scorer among rookies.