The Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for March, his third straight month receiving that honor. He is now three for three in his rookie campaign, a season that will likely end with the Rookie of the Year award. During his team's slide in the second half of March, Irving still averaged 19.9 points and 6.7 assists per game. He saw his minutes increase slightly after the trade deadline deal that sent Ramon Sessions to Los Angeles. He recorded his first career double-doulbe in a Sunday evening game against the Hawks on March 18.
Irving, who is battling a shoulder sprain suffered against the Bucks on Friday, is currently day-to-day but did put some shots up for a considerable amount of time at the Cavaliers' practice on Monday morning. With Daniel Gibson's season over and Sessions no longer with the team, Irving could continue to see his minutes and numbers rise over the final weeks of the season. While the Cavaliers continue to be in freefall, Irving's Rookie of the Year candidacy is as secure as ever.