Cavaliers Vs. Knicks: Cleveland May Have To Play New York Without Kyrie Irving

Feb 29, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) looks to pass as New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) defends during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Cleveland heads to New York after a rough Friday loss to Milwaukee.

The Cleveland Cavaliers face a daunting task when they take on the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

Not only is Cleveland trying to end a six-game losing streak on the road against a hot New York team, but they may have to do so without rookie point guard and leading scorer Kyrie Irving. Along with getting blown out 121-84 by the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Cleveland lost Irving to a sprained shoulder in the process. Irving reportedly traveled with the team to New York and will be evaluated by the team's medical staff to determine if he can play against the Knicks.

The Knicks have been without their point guard Jeremy Lin for the past three games due to a sore left knee and his status will also be determined closer to tip time. The Knicks continue their strong play of late, with an 8-2 record in their last ten games. Along with Lin, Amare Stoudemire has also missed the past three games with a back injury that expects to keep the Knicks' forward sidelined indefinitely.

The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on Fox Sports Ohio.

For more on the Cleveland Cavaliers, check out Fear The Sword. For more on the New York Knicks, head over to Posting And Toasting. You can also read more about the NBA at SB Nation's NBA hub.

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