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Kyrie Irving will come off the bench tonight vs. Pistons

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 16, 2011

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: Ramon Sessions will start at point guard and Kyrie Irving will come off the bench in his first professional game tonight when the Cavaliers play at the Detroit Pistons in the preseason opener.

Cavs coach Byron Scott said he wants Irving to earn his position, plus he missed out on some key learning opportunities during the offseason because of the lockout. Scott started Chris Paul in his first preseason game when Paul was a rookie point guard, but Scott said the circumstances were much different.

"Chris Paul had summer league, he came in a month early before training camp," Scott said. "It's no fault of Kyrie's that there was a lockout. He has a lot to learn, just the little things and the big things. I don't think it's fair just to give him the ball. He has to earn my trust and he has to earn that position."

Scott still expects Irving to play more than 20 minutes tonight.

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