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After missing three games with sprained ankle, Kyrie Irving back in Cavaliers lineup Friday

Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

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He’s back.

Kyrie Irving was seen in a walking boot in Brazil when the team was down there for a preseason game after stepping on the foot of teammate Anderson Varejao in a practice. But it turns out it was not that serious.

After missing three preseason games — and this is the meaningless preseason, so you know they were not rushing him back — Kyrie Irving was back on the court with the Cavaliers on Friday night against the Mavericks.

If you’re thinking “finally, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Irving are going to get some quality run together” you’re about to be sorely disappointed. Coach David Blatt is keeping Love out of the game with what is officially called a “sore neck” and is unofficially called a night off for rest.

Cleveland’s big three will get a little run together before the season tips off, but in reality it likely takes them a few weeks (or months) to really find their groove on offense.