There is still a chance basketball fans could see Kyrie Irving vs. Chris Paul on Friday.

Irving missed his second consecutive game Wednesday because of a sore and hyperextended right knee suffered last week in a practice collision with a teammate. Irving played the first two games of the Cavaliers' road trip in Orlando and Miami, but sat out Tuesday's 101-98 victory in Chicago.

An MRI Monday in Chicago did not reveal any significant damage, a Cavaliers spokesman said.

It sounds so reminiscent of the bruised knee that Anderson Varejao suffered earlier this season that forced him to miss three weeks until he finally underwent surgery for a split in his quad muscle. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, however, already has rejected the notion that the injuries have any similarities. Irving, per team policy, was not available to speak to media while injured and unable to play.

Best of all for those hoping to glimpse two of the league's top point guards, Scott hasn't ruled out Irving for Friday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers -- despite Scott's typical rule that a player returning from injury must first practice before playing in a game.