NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving Is Day-To-Day; Knee Injury Not Considered Serious

Boston Celtics star point guard Kyrie Irving has hinted that hell remain out for extended period to rest from the left knee soreness that forced him out of Sundays 99-97 home defeat to the Indiana Pacers. Irving, a candidate for MVP this season, sat out of the 105-89 win over the Chicago Bulls last Monday due to the same injury. 

“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. Its aching a little bit more than I wanted it to now, so Im taking the necessary time,” Irving told reporters after the game against Indiana, via ESPN. 

“I appreciate the way that he approached every day, and hell approach the rehab the same way,” said Stevens on Monday, per “But you really feel for him. He was a guy that came in knowing he could play, but maybe not even expecting to have the type of season he had. And he didnt change that when we brought Greg (Monroe) in and mixed up minutes here and there. He just kept being who he is, and were going to miss him on the court. But hell have a full recovery and hell be able to get back better than ever when he steps back out on the court.”

With the NBA Playoffs just a month away, the Celtics medical staff will reportedly take a cautious approach with Irving. The Celtics, who are three-and-a-half games above the third-seeded Indiana Pacers, are almost guaranteed to finish as a top-2 seed entering the postseason.

“Weve [mapped out rest] pretty consistently [when Irving has been sore]. Weve said if we need to rest, or the knee becomes an issue, then automatically everything stops, and we go from there. What were really focused on now is making sure that knee feels as good as possible heading into April. I dont know what that means from the standpoint of playing this week, next week, any of that stuff,” Boston coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the game, per ESPN’s Chris Forsberg.

“Im not concerned (about the injury). Where we are in the season, Im pretty comfortable. I think that, competitively, I think thats more or less what Im 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, Im not able to do that. I just got to do that,” said Irving, who was acquired by the Celtics via trade last September. 

Since its an injury to his shooting hand, it remains to be seen how long he will be held out of action and what rehabilitation steps will need to be taken. Stepping up for Irving in the second half on Sunday, Smart ended up with 20 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals and is averaging 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 29.9 minutes per contest overall.

The Celtics were also without All-Star centre Al Horford (illness) and Jaylen Brown (concussion) as the Pacers bounced back from a 12-point deficit to win a rare game at the TD Garden. According to ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski (see below), the Celtics management are confident that Irvings injury is tendinitis and not something that will force him to miss a chunk of games.

Kyrie Irving, a seventh-year guard out of Duke, is averaging 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds in his first season with the Boston Celtics. In Irvings absence, Celtics coach Brad Stevens is expected to play Terry Rozier in the starting point guard position. Stay tuned for the latest Kyrie Irving injury update. 

Theres confidence that Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irvings left knee soreness is no more than tendonitis and that he will not need to miss significant time, league sources tell ESPN. Irving is considered day-to-day.

After playing the first half, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving wasn’t on the court to begin the second. The same knee that has nagged him all season long caused him enough pain to sit out the rest of the game.

Im not mad. Actually, its funny to me. Im okay with how things are currently unfolding.

Lets back it up a little bit. I had the idea to write this right after the Boston Celtics lost a close game to the Indiana Pacers by two points while missing two starters for the entire game and Kyrie Irving for the second half. Marcus Smart had arguably his best game of the season on both ends (20 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists & 6 3-pointers). Jayson Tatum had a few rookie errors in driving to the hoop, but the idea was there. He had the right mentality to attack all night, so I couldnt complain.

Terry Rozier scored in double-figures for a career-high 16th straight time, extending the best stretch of his NBA career by far. Greg Monroe has continued to look impactful on the offensive end (were going to ignore defense here for narratives sake), and even though Boston lost, its hard to blame them.

I wanted to write this considering that although there was some postgame uncertainty regarding Kyrie Irvings knee injury, he sounded optimistic about his long-term prospects.

However, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Celtics are confident that the injury is tendinitis and not something that will force him out for a long period of time. This has to be a relief, considering this news came on the same day Boston found out that Marcus Smart would be out indefinitely, and Daniel Theis is out for the season.

I was going to tell everyone to not panic. At this point, the Celtics are pretty much locked into the second seed, sitting 3.5 games behind the Toronto Raptors and 7 games ahead of the 3rd seeded Pacers. With that kind breathing room, I was going to say that it would be fine if Irving missed a week or two or even three.

For the Celtics, their star point guard, while banged up, should still be able to play and perform at a high level. The problem is that this kind of injury never really goes away. Irving is always going to be dealing with soreness that can fluctuate between forcing him to sit out a game and not really giving him problems.

Boston has a scoring issue when Irvings on the bench, and that hasnt changed all season. Allowing Starter Marcus Smart (who ranks highly in the Marcus Smart power rankings, well ahead of Hot Cheetos Hair Marcus Smart) and Starter Terry Rozier (while Jaylen Brown continues to recover from his concussion) to get extended reps as starters would do a lot of good things for the team both in the long and short term.

Kyrie Irving has been in and out of the Celtics lineup the last few months due to knee soreness. On Sunday, Irving had to leave the Bostons loss to the Pacers early with soreness in the same knee that has been bothering him all season. There was concern that the injury could be serious.

Sources: Celtics center Daniel Theis has suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and will undergo season-ending surgery. Theis emerged as an important reserve for Boston this season.

Dang, that sucks. Our defense is going to slip, but at least we ha-

Right thumb injury to Celtics guard Marcus Smart — for now, called a sprain — is under scrutiny with medical staff, league sources tell ESPN. Still unclear if Smart can play through it — or will need to miss time.

Man, you have to be kidding me. I was looking forward to Starter Marcus so Kyrie can rest a bit. I just hope its not seri-

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has suffered a torn tendon in his right thumb, league sources tell Yahoo. He will have second opinions on his thumb and be out indefinitely.

Losing Daniel Theis for the rest of the season is awful in itself. After his signing came out of nowhere, hes played an integral role over the course of the season. He did a bunch of the little things that matter in the playoffs, so losing that is a big deal. Hopefully, Semi Ojeleye and Greg Monroe can combine to mitigate the offensive and defensive energy that Theis brought consistently.

The Smart news was even more devastating. We all collectively breathed a sigh of relief a month ago when Smart revealed that his picture frame-punching incident (that also gave him super powers) left glass inches away from cutting a tendon. So when Charanias tweet dropped, the irony of the situation was overwhelming.

Per Mark Murphy, Danny Ainge disputed that Smart tore a tendon, but he didnt rule out the possibility of surgery. This late into the season, the s word is really a thief of joy.

So everything is not perfectly fine. Shane Larkin is still on a minutes restriction, Jaylen Brown is still concussed, Al Horford couldnt practice still because of his illness and Kyrie Irving is dealing with tendonitis. It could get really ugly over the next week or so.

But all things considered, Boston really will be just fine beyond this week. Injuries are a part of the game, even when they come in bulk like they have over the last few days. Thats why you have to win games when you have the opportunity at full health, and Boston did just that.

Since losing Gordon Hayward, the Celtics have been playing with house money all season, and no one called them being near 50 wins in early March. The Celtics have positioned themselves well to weather this storm for the time being. Its okay now to lose a few games in the short term to prepare for the playoffs. If Irving resting for two weeks will get him right for the playoffs, its absolutely worth losing a few games.

Bostons magic number for the 2nd seed is 9 (combination of wins and losses by the field). With 15 games left in the season, its deeply rooted within the realm of possibility that theyll hold on. As we learn more about Smarts hand in the coming days, Bostons long-term goals for this season will come more into focus, but this is still a great team when healthy. If Smart can replace his hand with a robotic limb and return relatively soon, the Celtics will still most likely be Eastern Conference Finals-bound. They could still conceivably get there if Smart doesnt play again this season, though the road gets a lot tougher without him.

If Smart doesnt recover soon, Irvings knee continues to give him problems, Larkin never ramps up beyond 15-17 minutes, and Hayward doesnt come back before the playoffs, well, theres always next season*. Thats the luxury the team has afforded itself by crafting a young, competitive core. Being patient is hard, especially when it comes to sports fandom and the what ifs of injuries. But dont worry, this team will be competitive for a long, long time, regardless of how far they go this season, which, for the record, could still be pretty far.

*I am fully prepared to eat my words when Brad Stevens coaches a starting lineup of Rozier, Kadeem Allen, Abdel Nader, Jayson Tatum & Aron Baynes to the NBA Finals.

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