Posted Jan 7, 2014 6:36 PM
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is back in the lineup after missing three games with a bruised left knee.
Irving is starting Tuesday night against Philadelphia. The third-year pro was sidelined after injuring his knee on an awkward fall last week at Indiana. Irving said he may have overreacted after going down, but that he was "scared to death" that he was hurt more seriously.
Irving felt a "pop" in his knee, but an MRI showed no structural damage. Irving called it a "weird" injury and said he didn't want to come back until he was 100 percent.
He leads the Cavs in scoring at 22.2 points per game. Irving started 31 consecutive games before he was injured. He missed 38 games in his first two NBA seasons with a variety of injuries.
|Dominican Republic vs. USA Basketball|
The United States defeats the Dominican Republic in an exhibition game in New York, 105-62.
|Postgame: Krzyzewski, Irving|
Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Kyrie Irving talk to the media after Wednesday's impressive victory.
|USAB Postgame Discussion|
Vince and Dennis discuss Wednesday's impressive victory over the Dominican Republic.
|Postgame: Kyrie Irving|
Kyrie Irving talks with Matt Winer following USA Basketball's win over the Dominican Republic.
|DeRozan to Drummond|
Andre Drummond takes the pass and finishes with authority.