As preseason winds down, NBA stars are getting some rest

Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward’s preseasons ended early.

And they weren’t alone around the NBA on Saturday, either.

The Boston Celtics left the biggest two stars on their roster — both of whom are coming off serious injuries, and now apparently dealing with far more minor ones — out of the lineup for their preseason finale at Cleveland.

The official reasons where lower back pain for Hayward and a rib contusion for Irving.

Hayward’s last game at Cleveland was opening night of the regular season a year ago, when he suffered a gruesome ankle and leg injury that ended his season. Irving was sidelined for the final month of the regular season and the entirety of Boston’s run to the Eastern Conference finals with a knee problem. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers kept Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, George Hill and Kyle…

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