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Cavaliers Vs. Raptors: Kyrie Irving's Early Returns Are Promising

Kyrie Irving didn't have the sort of splashy debut some NBA rookies have in the Cavaliers' season-opening 104-96 loss to the Raptors on Monday — certainly, his six points in 26 minutes on 2-for-12 shooting left much to be desired, and his overall output was down significantly from the standard set by the last No. 1 NBA Draft pick to come to Cleveland.

But Irving had seven assists against just one turnover, and Fear the Sword feels fairly confident about his chances of developing into a very good NBA point guard.

Irving looked comfortable running the offense, but couldn't find his jumpshot. He was bothered by the Raptors' length in the paint and couldnt get easy layups to get going. He made some beautiful passes and didn't change my opinion about him at all. He's going to be a very very good point guard, it's just going to take a few games to figure it all out.

For more on Irving and the Cavs, head to Fear the Sword.

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