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Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving both set to miss Cavaliers road date with Portland Trail Blazers

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As you might have guessed, Kyrie Irving is taking the night off

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A night after playing good defense, but still appearing just a bit off offensively against the Golden State Warriors, the Cavs are going to let Kyrie Irving take the night off.

This is fine. The team has been nothing but positive about the way Irving is progressing, and even though shots weren't falling against Golden State it seemed like he was defending well. It was a high-intensity game and Irving's minutes ticked up a bit, so it makes sense to give him the night off. I'd wonder about the Cavs ability to win this one, but they've been playing pretty good basketball lately, and guys like Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert should have plenty of energy. Kevin Love figures to want to bounce back as well.

The Cavs will be helped by the absence of Blazers guard Damian Lillard:

Without Lillard, C.J. McCollum will be asked to shoulder the load offensively for the Blazers. It's been something of a breakout season for him, so the Cavs will have their hands full. If they aren't burnt out from yesterday though, you'd think the Cavs can take care of business.

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