He suffered the injury during the Celtics’ loss to the Clippers on Saturday night and was unable to suit up on Tuesday when the team beat the Philadelphia 76ers. Now, he’ll also miss out on their matchup with the Detroit Pistons, (7:30 p.m. ET — Watch on FuboTV with NBA League Pass add-on). After being sidelined for the Celtics’ two games leading into the All-Star break, it seems likely they’ll want him to continue resting the knee through the weekend, but no official decision has been made.
With just a few minutes remaining in the second quarter against the Clippers, Irving was guarding Garrett Temple — who was making his Clippers debut after arriving in a deadline day trade from the Memphis Grizzlies — and tried to follow him around a maze of screens. As Irving tried to avoid one set by Ivica Zubac — also making his Clippers debut — he took a bit of an awkward step and came up hobbling.
Irving immediately left the floor and made his way to the locker room. A short time later, the team announced he would not return to the game due to a sprained knee, and they’ve subsequently stated that the injury is not serious, and he’s considered day-to-day.
While this particular strain isn’t that large of a concern, it’s no surprise that Irving has missed a few games. The Celtics are understandably going to be cautious with their All-Star guard, especially considering he had missed four out of eight games heading into last Saturday night with a hip injury.
Plus, of course, Irving missed the end of last season due to a knee injury that required multiple surgeries. The good news in that regard is that Irving underwent surgery on his left knee, while this new strain is in his right knee.