Guess Who’s Back for the Playoff Push?


After missing eight games with a biceps injury, the Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star point guard, Kyrie Irving, will return to the lineup tonight against Orlando.

Cheering from the sideline, Irving has been a good teammate on the bench during his stretch of missed games over the past few weeks.

Without Irving, the Cavs have looked more like a playoff team, and one that could compete. The team has played great defense, they’ve had each others’ backs, and the overall chemistry of the team has just gelled.

Without Irving, Dion Waiters has looked like an All-Star caliber guard. Waiters has averaged over 20 points per game and 7 assists per game, while providing leadership to the rest of the Cavs. With Irving back in the lineup, will that destroy everything the team has built together without him in the lineup?

Will Irving being back in the lineup stir up the chemistry? It could change how aggressive Waiters plays, how the team plays defense as a whole, and the way Mike Brown coaches the team.

It’s going to be interesting to see how the Cavs play together with Irving back in the lineup, and how players’ minutes change. I can see a lot of fans blaming a loss on Irving, but will they appoint him the returning leader if they win?

The Cavs are only three games out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference after surviving a very difficult March schedule. There is no margin for error if they want to make the playoffs.

With seven games left, each game is a must-win, and that starts tonight when Irving, Waiters, and company take on the Magic at the Amway Center.

-AJ Ondrey

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