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David Blatt: 'Kyrie Irving making progress'

Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt confirms that point guard Kyrie Irving is progressing in his recovery from a fractured kneecap.

Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt has revealed that Kyrie Irving is "taking some steps forward" as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

The point guard suffered a fractured kneecap during the first game in last season's NBA Finals, forcing him to miss the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

Ahead of the team's 109-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks, Blatt told reporters: "He has advanced to running plays 5-on-0. He's doing some light 1-on-1 contact drills. He's certainly taking some steps forward.

"Again, can I put a number on it in terms of days left until we see him back out there fully? I really can't. I'm not trying to keep it from you. I just don't know. But definitely seeing progress in the last few days and that's encouraging."

The Cavaliers have made a 10-3 start to the season.

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Head coach David Blatt of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks to the media after their loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015
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