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Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (knee bruise) won't play Sunday against Pacers

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Irving is expected to miss his third straight game due to a knee bruise. (USATSI)
Kyrie Irving is expected to miss his third straight game due to a knee bruise. (USATSI)

On Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving drove to the basket in transition and came up limping. He suffered what the Cavs are calling a "knee bruise" on the play and an MRI showed no significant injuries from the play. Irving came back into the game and finished it out, but he hasn't played in Cleveland's two games since the injury occurred.

Don't expect him to get his revenge against the Pacers Sunday night. Irving is expected to miss his third straight game with the knee injury. The Cavaliers aren't worried about rushing him back any time soon and just want him to be completely healthy before he gets back on the court.

The Cavs have gone 1-1 in the two games that Irving sat out during this stretch. They beat the Magic 87-81 on Thursday before losing to the Nets 89-82 Saturday night. The Cavs don't play again until Tuesday after today's division game against the Pacers. They'll play the 76ers before heading to Utah for Friday.

Irving sitting out Sunday's game would give him nearly a full week since the injury occurred if he decides to play against Philadelphia or a week-and-a-half of rest if he doesn't play until they face the Jazz. He's averaging 22.2 points and 6.1 assists on the season.

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