Irving was pulled from the team’s victory Thursday against the Boston Celtics after banging legs with LeBron James. Little-used backup Jordan McRae will start in Irving’s place alongside DeAndre Liggins, who is starting in place of the injured J.R. Smith. Irving is day-to-day.
“When him and ‘Bron collided, he got kneed in his knee and it caused some tightness in his hamstring,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “We’re going to be cautious. No need to be a hero.”
Irving went through treatment for the past two days and tested his leg earlier Saturday before the decision was made.
The Cavs also will be without backup forward Mike Dunleavy, who suffered a mild ankle injury Thursday. His absence will leave the team with just 10 healthy players.