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Kyrie Irving will start tonight for Cavs in opener against Toronto

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 26, 2011

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving will start at point guard for the Cavs tonight in the season opener against the Toronto Raptors. Irving came off the bench during the two preseason games, but coach Byron Scott said he wanted Irving with the veteran starters and Ramon Sessions to provide a veteran presence to a young second unit.

"We need somebody with some experience with that ball. That is perfect for Sess," Scott said. "Sess understood. Obviously Kyrie on the first team is surrounded by veterans, which is going to help him. I really think it's going to work out for the best."

Scott still wants Irving to improve defensively and believes surrounding him with good defensive communicators like Antawn Jamison and Anthony Parker will help him get there. Not to mention, Irving was the top overall pick in the draft and is the future at the position.

"Honestly it didn't really matter to me if I started tonight or not," Irving said. "Me and Ramon are two great point guards. Either way, we're going to bring the same intensity."

Scott said he pulled Sessions aside this morning and explained his reasoning for the decision and Sessions understood. Scott didn't really talk to Irving about it, he just told him to put on a red jersey for this morning's shootaround. Since starters wear red, Irving knew what it meant.

"He's a rookie," Scott said. "I ain't gotta tell him nothing."

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