NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving Will Play in Opener
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving returned to practice on Monday and says he'll play in Wednesday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Atlanta.
Irving sat out Cleveland's practice Saturday and spent the weekend receiving treatment for tendinitis in his left knee and a sprained right foot. He injured the foot in Game 2 of the conference quarterfinals against Boston.
Irving took part in Cleveland's entire practice on Monday after playing just 12 minutes in the Cavs' Game 6 win over Chicago.
In more NBA news:
— Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge has had surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb. The team says it expects him to return to basketball activities in about eight weeks. The four-time All-Star averaged 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds during the regular season, playing with the injured thumb for part of that time. He averaged 21.8 points and 11.2 rebounds in the playoffs.
— Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall says he does not need surgery for the fractures in his left hand and wrist that kept him out of three playoff games. Wall says that he will head to Cleveland this week or next to see a specialist about the injury and find out what he needs to do to heal properly. He was hurt during Game 1 of Washington's season-ending, second-round series against the Atlanta Hawks before missing the next three games.
— Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins is a unanimous pick on The Associated Press NBA All-Rookie team. The Timberwolves forward is joined on the first team by Chicago's Nikova Mirotic, Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel, Orlando's Elfrid Payton and Jordan Clarkson of the Lakers.
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