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Kyrie Irving out vs. Hornets due to hamstring injury

Jordan McRae will start

NBA: Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

After exerting a lot of energy over the last week on the heels of the Cavs victory over the Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving will miss Saturday night’s game with the Charlotte Hornets due to a hamstring injury. Irving played 40+ minutes in wins over the Warriors and Boston Celtics, and took on a larger role in the offense against the Detroit Pistons in a loss the day after Christmas. The injury was described as cramps when it surfaced late against the Celtics, and probably isn’t all that serious. However, it might be a sign that the Cavs’ limited point guard depth is catching up with them.

Ideally, the regular season would be mere preparation for a deep playoff run. The Cavs have, to this point, received little in the way of contributions from Kay Felder and Jordan McRae. With Matthew Dellavedova and Mo Williams gone, there’s a vacuum. We’ll see how and if the Cavs move on this moving forward.