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                      === Cavs welcome Bucks to the Q ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Cleveland  Cavaliers could  be  without two  major
 contributors when they host the Milwaukee Bucks Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.
 
 Cavs  leading  scorer Kyrie Irving  missed Thursday's practice with an illness
 and is listed as questionable. He is averaging 21.1 points per game.
 
 Guard  Dion Waiters, who  is second on the Cavs with 14.9 ppg, is dealing with
 right wrist tendinitis and is also questionable versus Milwaukee.
 
 Cleveland has lost two in a row with both Irving and Waiters in the lineup and
 had  won three  straight and  five of  six games  until the  recent slide.  In
 Tuesday's tough 119-116 loss to Portland, Blazers guard Damian Lillard hit the
 game-winning 3-pointer with four-tenths of a second on the clock and scored 36
 points on 11-of-23 shooting.
 
 "Big-time  players  make big-time shots, and  that's what he did in our home,"
 Irving said. "Damian Lillard played a hell of a game and just got hot."
 
 Irving,  who finished with 25 points and 10 assists, helped the Cavs pull even
 after  being  down 10  points with  about two  minutes left  in the game, then
 missed  well behind the 3-point line at the buzzer. The Cavs had won four in a
 row at home and are now 7-4 at the Q.
 
 Waiters  also scored  25  points, Tristan  Thompson had  15  and Andrew  Bynum
 contributed  13  points and nine rebounds  for the Cavs, who made 9-of-17 from
 downtown  in defeat.  Waiters has  six 20-point  games and  is averaging  17.1
 points in his last 10 games.
 
 Thompson is averaging 13.6 points and 11.1 rebounds over his last eight games.
 
 Milwaukee  has struggled to a 5-20 record this season and hopes to get back on
 track after Wednesday's 107-101 setback in double overtime versus the New York
 Knicks.  Brandon Knight  played nearly 50 minutes and totaled a career-high 36
 points  and nine rebounds for the Bucks, losers in four straight and 18 of its
 last 21 games.
 
 "The  margin  of error is  small with this team,"  Bucks head coach Larry Drew
 said. "I thought from a mental standpoint we wore down."
 
 The  Bucks  have been without Caron  Butler, Carlos Delfino, Larry Sanders and
 Zaza  Pachulia. O.J.  Mayo (personal) and Gary Neal (foot) have been sidelined
 as well and are both questionable against the Cavs. Butler hasn't played since
 Nov. 27 versus Washington and is probable.
 
 Milwaukee  defeated Cleveland, 109-104,  on Nov. 6 and has won 10 of 12 and 11
 of  the last 15 meetings between the teams. The Bucks have lost 15 of 20 trips
 to  Quicken  Loans Arena. Irving has  scored at least  26 points in six of his
 seven career games against Milwaukee.
 
 12/20 10:28:14 ET