Kyrie Irving Reportedly Won't Miss 'Significant Time' Due to Knee Injury

Kyrie Irving Reportedly Won't Miss 'Significant Time' Due to Knee Injury

Kyrie Irving Reportedly Won't Miss 'Significant Time' Due to Knee Injury

The Boston Celtics' superstar point guard sat out the second half of Sunday's 99-97 loss to the visiting Indiana Pacers, but insists he's not overly concerned.

"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", Irving told reporters after Sunday night's game. "I thought they took the steam out of us a little bit in the third quarter, but our guys battled and gave us a chance". He has had time to rest, which makes the soreness he is experiencing worrisome even if he is not anxious himself. This news overshadowed the outcome of the game as the Celtics fell to the Pacers 99-97.

Smart and Morris have been key performers for a Celtics bench that has been among the best in the National Basketball Association since the all-star break, which has made Stevens reluctant to break them up when a player was out of the first unit due to injury.

"He walked into the training room as I was leaving", Stevens said. "That's the last thing I want to do right now". Irving did not play at all in the second half, and with Jaylen Brown and Al Horford already out of the lineup the Celtics watched a 15-point lead evaporate.

Oladipo was trapped on the next possession and passed down low to Myles Turner, who posted against Morris, converted with 21 seconds left for a 97-95 IN lead.

Coming into this game, the Celtics were heavy favorites despite a report that Al Horford was not going to play because of sickness.

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Boston inbounded the ball to Rozier, who took a long 2-pointer that bounced off the near side of the rim.

"It's really big to win the first game of a road trip and to come here to Boston and to get this win", head coach Nate McMillan said after the Pacers swept the Celtics on the road this season. "We were just trying to figure out ways to keep ourselves in it".

Due to the knee pain Irving played just 16 first-half minutes against the Pacers, scoring seven points and grabbing four rebounds.

But the Celtics responded by scoring 7 straight to tie the game at 95 with 36 seconds to go.

IN quickly erased a 10-point halftime deficit, scoring 11 straight points: back-to-back 3-pointers from Bojan Bogdanovich and Joseph, and then five points in a row from Oladipo, to take a 60-57 lead.

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