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Monday notes: Irving participates in practice, no update on Varejao

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 13, 2012

Kyrie Irving participated in non-contact drills today at practice, inching him closer to a return to the court Wednesday night when the Cavs host the Indiana Pacers.

Irving has not been medically cleared from the concussion he suffered last week, but the running, agility and non-contact work are the final steps before he can receive clearance from team and league doctors.

Cavs coach Byron Scott typically likes players coming off an injury to at least get one practice in before they play. If Irving can get cleared prior to tomorrow's practice, it's likely he would play against the Pacers.

"I’m hoping I get him back Wednesday, but if not I’m also trying to prepare for the worst," Scott said. "If he doesn’t, we know we’re going with (Ramon Sessions) and the other guys we have and we’ll go from there."

Scott offered no update on Anderson Varejao's fractured right wrist. Scott said more tests need to be completed before a timeline on his return can be established, but he didn't know what was holding up the further tests. He said he hasn't heard the word "surgery" mentioned yet.

In other news...
* Scott was impressed with how quickly point guard Ben Uzoh has grasped the playbook. Scott said Uzoh, who was signed last week, has learned his limited version of the playbook better than four or five guys who have been on the team all season.

"It's either that he is very, very smart," Scott said, "or we've got four guys who are very, very dumb."

* Semih Erden will start at center again Wednesday despite a lousy performance Saturday against the 76ers. Erden was held scoreless in 14 minutes, but committed four fouls. Told that Erden didn't play well on Saturday, Scott remarked, "That's an understatement." But Scott likes Erden's size to match against Indiana's All-Star center Roy Hibbert.

* Daniel Gibson and Antawn Jamison didn't do much at practice today. Gibson twisted an ankle Saturday, although Scott said it wasn't serious and Gibson could've played if the Cavs had a game tonight. Jamison has logged heavy minutes in recent games and Scott wants to give him a couple of practice days off to recover.

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