Irving, Love questionable as Cavaliers prepare to face Heat

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love might not be ready to take on potential first-round foe Miami.

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving is listed as questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Miami Heat.

Irving missed the team’s morning shootaround with an unspecified illness. The team said he is a game-time decision.

Cavs forward Kevin Love is also questionable with a sore back. Love only took part in the non-contact portion of practice on Wednesday. He has been bothered by a back issue all season and was hit with an elbow in Sunday’s win over Philadelphia. Love said the team getting two days off earlier this week helped.

The Cavs have seven games remaining in the regular season and coach David Blatt is considering resting some of his players, including superstar LeBron James.

Cleveland has the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, ahead of Toronto and Chicago by three games. If the standings stay as they are currently, the Cavs would face the Heat in the first round.