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Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving cleared to play

Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving cleared to play

CLEVELAND (AP) Sitting and watching his teammates play was torture for Kyrie Irving. Seeing the Cavaliers lose made it worse.

Back earlier than expected, Irving was cleared to practice after missing 11 games with a broken left finger and the star point guard will likely play Tuesday night when Cleveland hosts the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.

``It's been very difficult,'' Irving said after Monday's practice. ``But I've gotten a chance to really break down the game and it's given me a chance to get a different outlook being on the sideline. I'm really happy to be out there and be competing again.''

The Cavs are thrilled to have him back.

Cleveland went just 2-9 without last season's rookie of the year, who broke his finger Nov. 17 in a game against Dallas. He played the following night at Philadelphia before medical tests revealed a non-displaced fracture. The Cavs thought Irving would be out for at least one month, but he's returning after just three weeks. Irving will play with a protective splint on his finger, but said the brace won't affect his play.

While he was sidelined, Irving kept in shape with cardio workouts he says he won't miss.

``They were killing me behind the scenes,'' he said. ``I definitely stayed in shape over the last two weeks. I needed it and it felt good.''

With the Cavs just 4-17 and riding a five-game losing streak, coach Byron Scott said the news that Irving was ready to return was just what the team needed.

``I think all the guys are looking forward to having him back out there because he does make most of our guys' jobs a lot easier because he can create so much for himself and for his teammates,'' Scott said.

There's no doubt the Cavs will benefit having Irving's 22.9 points and 5.6 assists per game back in their lineup. They lacked his floor leadership and especially someone to take over games in the fourth quarter.

They were just 2-8 with Irving and one game worse than that without him.

``We've got to get better,'' Scott said. ``That's the bottom line. We've just got to get better. We did some good things the last two games on the defensive end. We didn't do a lot of good things on the offensive end, per se. But we made some progress in certain areas we wanted to. It's just a matter now of trying to make sure we get a little bit better each month.''

While the Cavs are getting Irving back, they're still without rookie guard Dion Waiters, who has missed four games with a sprained left ankle and will sit against the Lakers.

Scott said Waiters also has a bone bruise and is ``still a little ways away.''

``He's just now starting to do some running,'' Scott said. ``If it was a regular ankle sprain, he probably would have been able to practice, but the bone bruise obviously makes it a little more difficult for it to heal. It's going to take a little time.''

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5 best fan-generated Washington Warriors logo, uniform designs

5 best fan-generated Washington Warriors logo, uniform designs

As Dan Snyder and his advisors have huddled up to discuss whether to change the name of his Washington franchise over the past two weeks, D.C. sports fans have chimed in on social media making suggestions for what the new name should be.

Though there is a long list of ideas that have been tossed around, two names have emerged as the favorites among fans and former players: Redwolves and Warriors.

Of course, many of these suggestions came with fan art included. While we dove into the Redwolves submissions over here, these are our five favorite Warriors designs that have circulated around social media:

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5 best fan-generated Washington Redwolves logo, uniform designs

5 best fan-generated Washington Redwolves logo, uniform designs

As Dan Snyder and his advisors have huddled up to discuss whether to change the name of his Washington franchise over the past two weeks, D.C. sports fans have chimed in on social media making suggestions for what the new name should be.

Though there is a long list of ideas that have been tossed around, two names have emerged as the favorites among fans and former players: Redwolves and Warriors.

Of course, many of these suggestions came with fan art included. While we dove into the Warriors submissions over here, these are our five favorite Redwolves designs that have circulated around social media:

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Petition is in my bio if you guys want to sign it. Making the case for Washington #Redwolves, a name and story I have personally fallen in love with ; Here’s the military connection to Redwolves ; “The Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 84 “Red Wolves” was a helicopter squadron of the United States Navy Reserve. Along with the “Firehawks” of HSC-85, Red Wolves were only one of two squadrons in the US Navy dedicated to supporting Navy SEAL and SWCC Teams, and Combat Search & Rescue. Now let’s talk about the animal itself : The red wolf is the world's most endangered canid, and the Southeast’s native wolf. Uniquely "All-American," the red wolf's entire historical range is confined within what is now the United States. Once roaming as far west as Texas, down into Florida, and up into the Midwest, the red wolf now persists in only a fraction of its range. It has lost more of its historical territory—99.7 percent—than any other large carnivore, including lions and tigers. Redwolves were designated as an endangered species in 1967. Today, about 40 red wolves roam their native habitats in eastern North Carolina as a non-essential, experimental population and more than 200 red wolves are maintained in captive breeding facilities throughout America. I am very passionate towards the #Redwolves movement. Redwolves are an extremely endangered species and this could be just the thing to get them some national recognition and help grow their population back somehow. Washington could partner up somehow with a foundation that can give these wolves more habits to live in peace and stabilize their population. Even if this doesn’t become the name, I’ll be at peace knowing I spoke my mind. This is what I want the name to be. If you don’t like the Redwolves name, that’s okay. It’s okay to think differently. Don’t feel pressured into liking or not liking something, I just am making it known that this is how I feel. Photo credits go to : (@dcsportsxp @redskinsgraffix @koenvgraphics)

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