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Kyrie Irving active, will play tonight for Cavaliers

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 15, 2012
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving shoots during NBA basketball training camp on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Rookie Kyrie Irving has been medically cleared following his concussion and will be in the starting lineup tonight for the Cavs when they host the Indiana Pacers.

Irving suffered the concussion Feb. 7 at Miami and missed three games as a result. The Cavs went 1-2 without him.

Irving said he had a headache after the game against the Heat and woke up with an even worse headache the next day. He complained to team trainers about it and was later diagnosed with the concussion by team doctors.

"I felt better than most concussions, but it was a process I had to go through," Irving said. "I’m glad it’s done."

Irving wasn't aware the NBA even had a policy on concussions until he was thrust into it. He said he was symptom-free about three days after the diagnosis.

Scott is just thrilled to have his point guard back, particularly after losing Anderson Varejao to a fractured wrist.

"He probably won't ever complain of a headache again," Scott joked.

Irving is averaging 18 points and 5.1 assists this season.

The Pacers are expected to be without their leading scorer. Danny Granger sprained his ankle in Monday's loss to the Heat and Pacers coach Frank Vogel said after the game he didn't expect Granger to be available tonight.

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