Kyrie Irving has been out since Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but has been apparently itching to return. His Cavaliers are 15-7 and lead the Eastern Conference even without him, a testament to LeBron James, Kevin Love and the team's improved depth. The Cavs have been able to slow-play Irving's return without taking a hit when it comes to playoff positioning. It's understandable that both the team and Irving would want to take their time with rehab for the injury, the team needs him available in May and June.
Still, according to Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com, Irving's patience is wearing thin:
This week Irving has been desperately trying to persuade the organization to activate him, cleveland.com was told. The Cavaliers have been urging him to remain patient, as they want to be cautious with the three-time All-Star.
Irving is traveling and participating in full practices, waiting to be cleared. It's only a matter of time and could be as soon as Tuesday in Boston. He sat at his locker stall after the trouncing on Friday just marveling at his teammates. This group could be special.
Personally, and selfishly, you just want to see him play. He's really good and really fun. With the Warriors dominating competition, it'd feel good to see the Cavs do the same. If last night is any indication, they may be ready to do that anyway. The Cavs head to Boston on Tuesday night, a team that has been playing well of late. Were I a betting man, I'd say there's a decent chance of Irving playing.