Celtics' Irving considering extended rest for knee

NBA.com Global on Mar 13, 2018 09:54 AM
Celtics' Irving considering extended rest for knee
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)

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Kyrie Irving did not play in the second half of the Boston Celtics' Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) game against the Indiana Pacers due to left knee soreness. The All-Star point guard played 16 minutes in the first half, finishing with seven points, four rebounds and one steal in the Celtics' eventual 99-97 loss to the Pacers.

After the game, Irving hinted that he may opt for extended rest for the injury as the regular season wanes. He told reporters he isn't worried about his balky knee considering that the Celtics have a solid grip on the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com has more from Irving:

"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 said. "It's aching a little bit more than I wanted it to now, so I'm taking the necessary time."

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"I'm not concerned. Where we are in the season, I'm pretty comfortable," Irving said. "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. I just got to do that."

Irving suffered similar soreness a week ago at Houston. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the game that this pain was similar but that Irving would undergo "whatever testing necessary."

Irving is averaging 24.7 points, 5.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds per contest while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 40.8 percent on three-pointers.

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