Celtics' Irving out with hip injury, won't face Cavaliers

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 06, 2019 05:18 AM
Celtics' Irving out with hip injury, won't face Cavaliers
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)

By Tom Withers, Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Celtics All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will miss Tuesday’s (Wednesday, PHL time) game against the Cavaliers with a left hip strain.

Irving has been bothered by the injury and the team announced Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) they will rest him. Irving has missed two previous games with the injury. He had 30 points and 11 assists in Boston’s win over Oklahoma City on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

When they face the struggling Cavs, the Celtics also will be without forward Marcus Morris, who has a sore right knee, and center Aron Baynes, who has a bruised right foot.

Coach Brad Stevens doesn’t expect Baynes to return until after the All-Star break. Baynes is averaging 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds.

Irving’s absence against his former team comes on the heels of speculation about his future. Last week, he bristled at questions about his plans for this summer when he can become a free agent. Irving will miss any media opportunities until after Thursday’s (Friday, PHL time) trade deadline.

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