NEW ORLEANS: Kyrie Irving’s return from a sprained left shoulder Sunday provided Shaun Livingston with a welcome break. Livingston is able to return to his reserve role after averaging 32 minutes in the eight games he started.
Livingston played well in Irving’s absence, but he now strengthens a bench that has been depleted by the injuries to the starters.
“It keeps the second unit a little more intact and it cuts down his minutes, which I think is important,” coach Byron Scott said. “I thought he was running on fumes for a little while because of all the minutes we’ve been playing him. He gets more of a break and can resume his normal position and normal playing time. That definitely helps.”
Shortly after the team flight landed in New Orleans early Saturday evening, both Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving wrote on their Twitter accounts it was their first time in the city and they were asking for tips on what to see and do.
After coaching in New Orleans for parts of six seasons, Scott knows all about the trouble that lies within the city. He joked Sunday he sent Cavs director of security Marvin Cross out to baby-sit the two stars who are now of legal age.
“I told Marvin to stay real close to them,” Scott said. “Especially since now both are 21 and older. I told Mark to stick close and make sure they’re not at the casinos or a couple other establishments we might not want them in.”
The Hornets will officially change their name to the Pelicans beginning next season, but it might take longer than that for Scott to adjust.
“That might take me a little while,” he said. “I might still say ‘the New Orleans Hornets’ from time to time until I can get ‘Pelican’ to come out on a consistent basis.”
Scott, incidentally, still owns a home in the New Orleans area.
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