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Cavalier making most of long break between playoff rounds

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving expressed empathy toward stars Stephen Curry and Chris Paul, who have sustained injuries in this year's NBA playoffs.

After breaking a kneecap in last year's finals, Irving knows how difficult it is to get hurt at the most critical time in the season. Curry will miss at least two weeks with a sprained knee, damaging Golden State's title hopes and Paul is out for the Los Angeles Clippers with a broken hand. Paul's injury is a devastating double shot for the Clippers, who also lost Blake Griffin with a leg injury.

Irving and the Cavs are relatively healthy following a first-round sweep of Detroit. They practiced Wednesday while awaiting a second-round opponent. Cleveland will face the Atlanta-Boston series starting Monday.

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Irving said it's critical for the Cavs to stay rested and make the most of the time off.