Celtics guard Irving to sit versus Timberwolves

NBA.com Global on Jan 03, 2019 07:08 AM
Celtics guard Irving to sit versus Timberwolves
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 25: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics shoots the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 25, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty Images)

NBA.com staff report

The right eye injury Kyrie Irving suffered in the Boston Celtics' last game will keep him out of their next game.

Per the team, Irving will miss today's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of right eye irritation. He was listed as questionable yesterday, but was downgraded to out by the team today.

Irving suffered his injury in Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) 120-111 road loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Irving and Spurs guard Marco Belinelli were attempting to secure a rebound of Irving's missed three-pointer from the right wing with 7:22 remaining in the game. Belinelli swiped at the ball and hit Irving in the eye, causing him to stay on the floor a short while writhing in pain.

Irving exited to the locker room but returned to the bench and game a couple minutes later.

When asked about his condition after Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) game, Irving said: "I'm wearing sunglasses, so not too good. I'll be all right, though. [He] smacked the s--- out of me. He just caught me pretty good."

Overall, Irving logged 28 minutes on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), finishing with 16 points on 7-for-14 shooting while adding three rebounds, eight assists and two steals. This season, Irving is averaging 23.3 points, five rebounds and 6.6 assists per game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Latest News