NEW ORLEANS: Kyrie Irving has been cleared to return and will play tonight when the Cavaliers face the New Orleans Hornets.
Irving missed three weeks with a sprained left shoulder, and the Cavs will remain cautious with him moving forward. He will not play Monday night in the second of a back-to-back against the Atlanta Hawks.
"I don't know if he can go two in a row right now, especially the way he plays," Byron Scott said. "I'm going to be pretty cautious. If it looks like that (shoulder) has gotten hit where he's cringing, I'll take him out. I'll watch him pretty closely."
Irving went through a full practice on Saturday, his first contact since he injured the shoulder three weeks ago. The Cavs won their first game without him, but then lost the last seven.
"I think it definitely has boosted morale a little bit," Scott said. "When you lose seven in a row, guys are a little down on themselves. Any pick-me-up can help."