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Irving rests sore knee, foot as Cavaliers gear up for Hawks

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has stayed off the practice court to rest his injured knee as the Cavaliers began preparing for the Eastern Conference finals against Atlanta.

Irving sat out nearly three quarters of Game 6 in Chicago on Thursday night after aggravating tendinitis in his left knee. Irving was seen by team doctors on Friday and on Saturday Cavs’ coach David Blatt says he’s hopeful his starting point guard will play in Wednesday’s Game 1 in Atlanta.

Blatt says Irving is doing “everything he possibly can to get well.”

Irving isn’t the only Cleveland player hurting. LeBron James played on a sprained left ankle, Iman Shumpert has a strained groin and forward Tristan Thompson has a bruised shoulder after a scary fall against the Bulls.

The Cavs are already without forward Kevin Love, who sustained a dislocated shoulder in the opening round.