Irving returns to Celtics' lineup after three-game absence
FILE - BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 30: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics stand for the National Anthem before the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on November 30, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO (AP) — Kyrie Irving returned to Boston's lineup for Tuesday night's (Wednesday, PHL time) game against Toronto after missing the previous three games because of a bruised right quad.
Irving suffered the injury in a Jan. 29 (Jan. 30, PHL time) win at Denver. The Celtics went 3-0 with Terry Rozier starting in place of the five-time All-Star guard, with Rozier scoring a career-high 31 points against Atlanta last Friday. Irving is averaging a team-high 24.9 points per game.
Forward Marcus Morris was also active for the Celtics after missing the past two games because of a bruised left hip.
The Eastern Conference-leading Celtics had won four straight entering Tuesday night's (Wednesday, PHL time) game but had lost their past four in Toronto. The Raptors entered the night second in the East, trailing Boston by two games.