Cavs’ Irving to miss Sunday’s game vs. Rockets

Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight game with a left shoulder strain.

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CLEVELAND — Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight game with a left shoulder strain Sunday at Houston.

Irving suffered the injury in the third quarter of Thursday’s win over Golden State. He returned to play in the fourth, finishing with 24 points, including 10-of-10 shooting from the foul line.

He did not play in Friday’s loss at Indiana after an MRI revealed the strain. Cavs coach David Blatt said he was hopeful Irving could play vs. the Rockets, but the team ruled out Irving on Saturday.

Irving’s status will be updated prior to Tuesday’s morning shootaround. The Cavs host Boston on Tuesday night.

Irving is in his fourth year and averaging 21.7 points and 5.2 assists per game. Sunday will be his fifth missed game of the season.

All-Star forward LeBron James also did not play Friday at Indiana. He was held out to rest, but is expected to be activated vs. the Rockets.

Cleveland (37-23) has won 18 of 21.