Sore knee sidelines Celtics' Irving for game against Bulls
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)
CHICAGO (AP) — Boston Celtics All-Star guard Kyrie Irving is sitting out Monday night’s (Tuesday, PHL time) game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sore left knee.
Coach Brad Stevens says Irving aggravated the knee during Saturday’s (Sunday, PHL time) loss to Houston. He felt a little better the following day but was still sore on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
Acquired from Cleveland in the offseason deal that sent Isaiah Thomas to the Cavaliers, Irving is averaging 24.8 points in 58 games. He has missed time this season because of a bruised quadriceps, a sore shoulder and a facial fracture.
The Celtics were second behind Toronto in the Eastern Conference at 44-20 entering Monday’s (Tuesday, PHL time) game.