Ainge: Irving had surgery on his nose
ABS-CBN Sports on May 29, 2018 07:57 AM
FILE - LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics stands for the national anthem prior to the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 23, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Celtics general manager Danny Ainge says point guard Kyrie Irving was unable to attend Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals because he was recovering from nasal surgery.
Ainge said on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) that Irving had a deviated septum. The injury occurred in November when he was hit in the face by teammate Aron Baynes. Irving wore a mask while healing from the facial fracture.
Irving has not played since March because of a knee injury. But his absence on the Boston bench was noted when the Celtics played his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Ainge joked: “I don’t think he wanted to be seen in public and ruin his movie career.”