Feb 11, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (left) and power forward Anderson Varejao sit on the bench with injuries in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving out against Orlando Magic

Two hours before tipoff between the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-21) and the Orlando Magic (10-21) at Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavs announced that point guard Kyrie Irving would miss his first game of the season because of an injury he suffered in the New Year’s Eve game against the Indiana Pacers. Backup guard Jarrett Jack will be making his first start of the season in place of Irving.

The Plain Dealer was first to report the news on Thursday:

After driving in the lane against Indiana for a layup, Irving suffered a left knee contusion and was removed from the game. After being evaluated in the locker room, he was allowed to reenter the game for the Cavaliers and returned to the bench before the end of the third quarter. After undergoing an MRI on Wednesday, Irving’s injury was confirmed and the team announced that he would be a game-time decision for the Thursday matchup against the Magic.

Along with Irving missing Thursday’s contest, fellow 2011 first-round pick for the Magic center Nikola Vucevic will be missing the action at the Q as well. Vucevic is out with an ankle injury. Magic beat reporter for the Orlando Sentinel Josh Robbins was first to report the news:

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Q.

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