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Cavs' guard Irving starts Game 4 of conference finals after missing 2 games with knee injury

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CLEVELAND — Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will start Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals after missing two games with a sore left knee.

Irving sat out Cleveland's wins in Game 2 and 3 with tendinitis. He tested the knee during the morning shootaround and again before tip-off. The Cavs announced he would play about 30 minutes before the start.

PHOTO: Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving warms up before the Cavaliers played the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving warms up before the Cavaliers played the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

The Cavs said Irving, who is now wearing a brace, will be monitored during the game. The Cavs have a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

In the opener, Irving scored 10 points and had six assists in 27 minutes. He only played 12 minutes in the Cavs' series-clinching win in Chicago on May 14. He tweaked his knee in that game.

Irving has also been slowed by a sprained right foot sustained in the opening round against Boston.

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