Kyrie Irving made a triumphant return to the Cleveland Cavaliers lineup after missing nearly a month of games with a broken left index finger. I'd say he and the Cavs had themselves a good night.
Just looking at the stat line you can get a pretty decent feel for what Kyrie did against the Lakers, putting down 28 points, six rebounds, 11 assists and a steal in 38 minutes of action.
Going further, he played some good defense (though, he was covering Chris Duhon and Jodie Meeks), but what Kyrie did more than anything was give the Lakers a player to legitimately worry about and account for, something they haven't had since he went out with the injury last month.
Just take a look at Mike D'Antoni's reaction after Irving knocked down a wide open three-pointer in the first half:
He had a very good night, but let's break it down a little further to really get a look at what he did Tuesday night.
If we take away the third quarter, Kyrie was just magnificent in the contest. He was knocking down his open shots and making a good portion of his ridiculously contested shot ...
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