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Kyrie Irving injury: Cavaliers guard returns to practice

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is back in practice this weekend after having all four of his wisdom teeth removed earlier this week.


Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving returned to practice on Sunday after having his wisdom teeth removed earlier this week, as Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. He's expected to play in the team's regular season opener on Tuesday against the Washington Wizards.

On Thursday, the reigning Rookie of the Year had all four of his wisdom teeth removed, a fairly standard procedure. After the surgery, Cavaliers coach Byron Scott described Irving's status as "day-to-day," so there was never any major concern about him missing the beginning of the season.

Fans won't be treated to a match-up of marquee young point guards on opening night due to John Wall's stress injury, but Irving appears to be good to go after a fairly eventful offseason. Over seven preseason games, Irving averaged 15.4 points on just 35 percent shooting and 2.9 assists per game, so he's clearly still working into peak form.

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