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Irving, Waiters questionable for Cavs’ game with Bucks tonight

 Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers could be missing a key guard or two when they host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at The Q.

Point guard Kyrie Irving missed practice Thursday at Cleveland Clinic Courts due to illness, while shooting guard Dion Waiters sat out with right wrist tendinitis.

Both are questionable for tonight.

Irving, who was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, has been playing his best basketball of the season over the last four games, averaging 28.0 points in that span.

Waiters, who like Irving had 25 points Tuesday against Portland, has also made huge strides, as he had periods of dominance Friday in Orlando and Saturday in Miami.

If Irving can’t play — the oft-injured 21-year-old has appeared in every game this year — veteran Jarrett Jack will get the start at point guard. Irving, who visited a doctor Thursday, missed 15 games as a rookie and 23 last season.

Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters

Once again the subject of trade rumors, Waiters has been coming off the bench and excelling, with C.J. Miles starting at shooting guard but not playing a lot. If the second-year pro can’t play, Matthew Dellavedova will likely get the bulk of his minutes.

The Cavs also have rookie Sergey Karasev available to play at shooting guard, and starting small forward Alonzo Gee could switch to that spot in a pinch.

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