The Boston Celtics are set to be without their star down the stretch. But that appears to be mostly the choice of Kyrie Irving. He’s going to take some time to rest his knee.
“I think (rest) will probably be the best thing, just instead of kind of hoping it gets better over the two or three days that it usually does. It’s aching a little bit more than I wanted it to now, so I’m taking the necessary time.”
The Celtics would fall to the Pacers on Sunday night, with Irving only seeing the court for 16 minutes. But that’s not all. The Pacers are now third out east, but that’s just the start. It’s looking more and more likely that the Raptors are taking the east.
And if the Celtics have any hopes during the postseason, they need Irving at his best. Even if it means conceding home-court advantage.
“I’m not concerned. Where we are in the season, I’m pretty comfortable. I think that, competitively, I think that’s more or less what I’m concerned about. When I actually do get back on the floor, I want to feel the level I expect myself to be at and I want to play at and being able to sustain it. Right now, I’m not able to do that.”
On the season, Irving is averagingA�24.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.1 steals on 49.1 percent shooting.
Meanwhile, head coach Brad Stevens isn’t going to go against Irving’s interests. Or his team’s best interests, of course.
“If he doesn’t feel 100 percent, then we need to have him sit, and so I think that that is something that we’ve all talked about, and (that’s) why he didn’t come back in (against Indiana).” buy celebrex online cheap, buy Zoloft.
Up next, the Celtics host the Wizards on Wednesday night.