While it was believed that the team would not keep him out of game action, the Cleveland Cavaliers will sit Kyrie Irving on Tuesday night as the All-Star point guard deals with a right knee injury.
Dion Waiters will likely be tasked to do a lot more handling of the ball without Irving, while Shaun Livingston and C.J. Miles should each see more minutes than they otherwise would with the 6-foot-7-inch Livingston drawing the start at point guard.
On the season, Irving is averaging 23.3 points and 5.6 assists. During the month of February, however, the reigning Rookie of the Year is averaging just over 21 points per night on 45 percent shooting, and is coming off of a 6-for-16 night in a recent loss to the Miami Heat.
Irving, who missed a stretch of games due to a fractured finger earlier this season, is also questionable to play on Wednesday when the team returns to Cleveland to face the Toronto Raptors.
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