Kyrie Irving has been cleared for intensive weight-bearing activities as he works his way back from a fractured kneecap.

Irving suffered the injury during Game 1 of The Finals in June.

David Blatt stated on Thursday that Irving still has "a ways to go."

Once Irving is permitted to practice, a week of full practice sessions with no setbacks is what the team needs to see before he's allowed to make his season debut.

Irving's recovery timetable was scheduled for 3-4 months and he's now been out over five months.