Report: Cavs to Be Without Kyrie Irving and Mike Dunleavy vs. Hornets

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When the Cleveland Cavaliers take the court for their New Year’s Eve contest in Charlotte, they won’t have two members of the already injury-diminished squad playing. That’s because both point guard Kyrie Irving and veteran reserve Mike Dunleavy have been ruled out of the contest.

Both players suffered injuries during the team’s Thursday night victory against the Boston Celtics. Irving reportedly tweaked a hamstring, with previous reports stating that the issue was merely related to cramps. Meanwhile, Dunleavy injured his ankle during the course of the win.

In explaining the situation, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue commented that Irving had hurt the hamstring when he and teammate LeBron James banged their knees together during the first half of the Boston game.

“He’s gonna be cautious,” Lue said. “No need to try and go out and be a hero tonight, so after they banged knees when he fell under the basket…he’s experiencing some tightness right now so we’re gonna be, you know, hold him out.”

Jordan McRae will take Irving’s place in the starting lineup, while the dwindling number of reserves available will fill in for Dunleavy’s absence.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.