Celtics' Kyrie Irving to rest against Cavs, his former team
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 27, 2019 06:02 AM
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)
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Boston Celtics will rest star guard Kyrie Irving against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Irving is averaging 23.8 points and the Celtics want to keep him as fresh as possible going into the postseason.
The Celtics have lost four straight and are fifth in the Eastern Conference entering Tuesday night’s (Wednesday, PHL time) game in Cleveland.
Irving played his first six seasons with Cleveland. The six-time All-Star demanded a trade following the 2016-17 season and was dealt to Boston. He hasn’t played in Cleveland since the 2017-18 opener.
Celtics center Al Horford (sore left knee) and forward Jayson Tatum (back contusion) could return Tuesday. Coach Brad Stevens said both were “questionable to probable” at the team’s shootaround.