LeBron James, Kyrie Irving out vs. Heat with Calf, Knee Injuries

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2017

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 04:  Kyrie Irving #2 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers laugh during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on March 4, 2017 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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With the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference still hanging in the balance, Cleveland Cavaliers stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will not play Monday's contest against the Miami Heat.

According to the Associated Press (h/t USA Today), James suffered a right calf strain, and Irving is dealing with a knee injury "which the Cavs are calling tendinitis."

The AP report noted Irving's knee problem is on his surgically repaired left one.

Cleveland won't have Tristan Thompson available either because of a thumb injury, and Kevin Love was listed as questionable because of an illness.

James will not play on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors either, according to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, adding Irving is a "possibility."

The Cavaliers enter play Monday tied with the Boston Celtics atop the Eastern Conference at 51-29. Cleveland owns the tiebreaker, but a short-handed loss to Miami would give the Celtics the opportunity to seize the top seed and home-court advantage in a potential Eastern Conference Finals matchup.

Boston plays the 20-60 Brooklyn Nets on Monday.

On the flip side, this is a break for a Miami squad fighting for its postseason life. The Heat are tied with the Chicago Bulls at 39-41 for the last playoff spot in the East, although the Bulls hold the current tiebreaker.

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