'Next man up' for Cavs, but do they have enough next men?

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Kyrie Irving left Oracle Arena on crutches, with tests coming Friday to determine the severity of his left knee injury.

If he can't go in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have to figure out how to replace one of the best point guards in the NBA.

"Well, I mean, it's the next man up," LeBron James said.

But with a roster that's already depleted by injuries, do the Cavaliers have enough next men against the powerful Golden State Warriors?

Kevin Love is already out for rest of the postseason with a shoulder injury, and Anderson Varejao was lost long ago. That has left the Cavaliers with just an eight-player rotation, not nearly enough against what might be the deepest team in the league.

The Warriors' reserves outscored the Cavs' 34-9 in their 108-100 overtime victory Thursday, and it seemed clear the Cavs ran out of gas down the stretch.

Cleveland coach David Blatt was asked if he can find more minutes for his reserves in Game 2.

"Certainly we can, but at the end of the day, people, it was a one-shot game," he said. "You're there in the first game of the NBA Finals on an away floor, and we were in position to win that game. So in retrospect, yes, would have liked to have done that.

"Realistically, we put ourselves in position to win that game the way we played it. But like every other game, you look, and you see, and you adjust. When and if necessary, you change tactics."

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'Next man up' for Cavs, but do they have enough next men?
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, left, tries to keep pressure on Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, right, who looks for an opening in the third quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 26, 2015. The Cavaliers won 101-93 to complete a first-round sweep of the Celtics. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: Kendrick Perkins #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics have words in the first half in Game Four during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2015 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers injures his shoulder as he chases a loose ball against Kelly Olynyk #41 of the Boston Celtics in the first half in Game Four during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2015 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Love was injured on the play. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, left, and Boston Celtics’ Avery Bradley dive for a loose ball during the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts with Kendrick Perkins #3 against Boston Celtics after the second quarter in Game Four during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2015 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 12: Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls looks for a pass while under pressure from Matthew Dellavedova #8 and Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half during Game Five in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena on May 12, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Bulls 106-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 08: Pau Gasol #16 of the Chicago Bulls stretches his leg after hitting the floor against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 8, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agress that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) puts up a shot against Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) during the first half of Game 2 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 12: Taj Gibson #22 of the Chicago Bulls argues with Matthew Dellavedova #8 Tristan Thompson #13 Kyrie Irving #2 and J.R. Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers as official Derrick Stafford #9 tries to break up the fight in the second half during Game Five in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena on May 12, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Bulls 106-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 22: DeMarre Carroll #5 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third quarter during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 20: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against Pero Antic #6 of the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter during Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 20: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after being called for his third foul by referee Pat Fraher #26 in the third quarter against the Atlanta Hawks during Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 22: Timofey Mozgov #20 of the Cleveland Cavaliers fouls Pero Antic #6 of the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 26: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers battles for the ball with DeMarre Carroll #5 of the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward James Jones (1) celebrates with guard J.R. Smith after the Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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No such worries for the Warriors, who aren't afraid to ride their reserves no matter the situation. In Game 1, that meant using Andre Iguodala for 32 minutes, mostly to defend James, and even going with backup center Festus Ezeli to start overtime.

"We have a lot of bodies," Iguodala said. "A lot of guys we threw at LeBron tonight. He made some tough shots, and that's what we're going to try to do throughout the whole series is make him take tough shots. Just try to wear teams down, and that's what we've done all year."

Irving had a strong game before departing, finishing with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and blocking Stephen Curry's shot late in regulation to give the Cavs a chance to win it on their last possession.

Matthew Dellavedova played well in Irving's absence when the All-Star missed two games in the Eastern Conference finals. The Australian wasn't a factor Thursday, playing 9 scoreless minutes, but the Cavs may have to count on him Sunday.

"If Kyrie can't go, Delly's number is going to be called and everyone else has to pick each other up," James said.

James said even he could play better, though that's hard to imagine after he scored 44 in Game 1, his best finals performance ever. But with no Love, potentially no Irving and no reliable backups to speak of, there may be no other way for the Cavs to win the series.

"It's not about me. It's not about the next guy. It's about all of us," James said. "We're going to watch the film and get better for Game 2."

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