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Kyrie Irving doubtful for Friday's game with Indiana Pacers, gets MRI on shoulder

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Kyrie struggled through a shoulder injury Thursday night against Golden State. Will he play tonight?

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Kyrie Irving did not travel with the Cleveland Cavaliers to Indiana last night after their win over the Golden State Warriors. He missed parts of the third and fourth quarter with a shoulder injury before coming back and playing through it. He seemed non-committal with Allie Clifton after the game about playing tonight's game with the Pacers.

After the game, the Cavs announced that Irving will get an MRI on the shoulder:

Cavaliers Guard Kyrie Irving experienced a left shoulder injury during tonight’s game against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He will not travel with the team tonight to Indianapolis and will receive additional examination, including an MRI, at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Friday morning. He is listed as Doubtful for the Cavaliers game against the Pacers Friday night and his status will be updated as appropriate.

It will be disappointing if Irving can't play, but it makes sense for the Cavs to take every precaution. We are less than two months away from the playoffs and every game counts, but it's much more important to be ready in late April, May, and hopefully June.

In the meantime, if you are putting together a FanDuel lineup, you'd be smart to leave Irving out and strongly consider LeBron James and Kevin Love. James is usually a must-play for me anyway, but without Irving, the load should fall on him even more.

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