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ESPN News Services
CLEVELAND — The Boston Celtics will rest star guard Kyrie Irving against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. Irving is averaging 23.8 points, and the Celtics want to keep him as fresh as possible going into the postseason.
The Celtics have lost four straight and are fifth in the Eastern Conference entering Tuesday night’s game in Cleveland.
Irving played his first six seasons with Cleveland. The six-time All-Star demanded a trade following the 2016-17 season and was dealt to Boston. He hasn’t played in Cleveland since the 2017-18 opener.