Cavaliers fans will have to wait another year, at least, to see Chris Paul face off against the Chris Paul-in-training.

Kyrie Irving, the player many say resembles Paul, missed his third straight game Friday with a sore/hyperextended right knee, sitting out on the L.A. Clippers' only visit this season.

Paul and Irving have only gone head-to-head once in Irving's two seasons. Last Nov. 5 in Los Angeles, Irving had 24 points and 10 assists in a road victory, while Paul scored 17 points with nine assists.

Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said he would have hesitated to play Irving even if he'd been cleared medically, because 1) he only wants to play his star point guard when he's "100 percent," and 2) Irving would have been breaking Scott's practice-to-play rule.

"It was still a real good chance I wasn't going to play him, anyway, because I still want to see him in a practice," Scott said. "He was adamant the other day about having a chance to play, and I told him we would talk about it when we got to this point."

Irving has a history of injuries, and has missed 14 games this season -- 11 due to a fractured left index finger.