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Irving excited to participate in Skills Challenge

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--G Kyrie Irving said he was honored to be one of six players selected for the Skills Challenge on Saturday in Orlando, Fla., during All-Star weekend. The rest of the field includes Golden State's Stephen Curry, the defending champion, San Antonio's Tony Parker, Washington's John Wall, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and New Jersey's Deron Williams. Irving becomes the third player in Cavs' history to be invited to participate in the skills challenge. The others were Mo Williams (2009) and LeBron James (2006 and 2007). "It's a great honor to be picked in my first year," he said. "I'm excited to be a part of Saturday night. It's a great group. I'm surprised I'm the only rookie in there. I thought Ricky (Rubio) would do it." With the way he played on Tuesday, he could make a case for being in the All-Star game. He had 17 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter of the Cavs' 101-100 win over Detroit.

--Coach Byron Scott said he's returning to Los Angeles for the All-Star break. His daughter, LonDen, is having a baby shower on Sunday. Scott is going to be a grandfather in April. He's already bought $1,000 worth of baby clothes. He said he'll also get in a few rounds of golf while he's home.

"I think the more you dribble the ball at the free-throw line, the more you think. Just go up there, get it, do your little routine and shoot the ball so there's less thinking. He's done better." -- Cavs coach Byron Scott, on altering Tristan Thompson's delivery at the foul line.

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