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Celtics coach Brad Stevens would have no issue if Kyrie Irving played in All-Star game despite knee injury

Brad Stevens

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens says he would have no issue if star point guard Kyrie Irving decided to play in the 2019 All-Star game this weekend in Charlotte despite dealing with a knee injury.

Irving has a strained right knee. Stevens says he will let the Celtics’ training staff handle whether Irving will play or be on a minutes restriction during the All-Star game.

Kyrie Irving suffered the knee injury on Feb. 9 at home against the Los Angeles Clippers. The now six-time All-Star didn’t play on Tuesday versus the Philadelphia 76ers and won’t play on Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons.

Irving is a starter on Team LeBron for the All-Star game.

In 47 games this season for the Celtics, Irving is averaging 23.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.9 assists per contest while shooting 49.8 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from beyond the arc and 86.6 percent from the free-throw line. “Uncle Drew” has 14 double-doubles on the season.

It would make zero sense for Irving to play in the All-Star game if he’s not 100 percent. Kyrie is a smart guy. It’s highly doubtful he would risk his health and play in an exhibition game if he still has discomfort in his knee.

Irving can become an unrestricted free agent this summer if he declines his 2019-20 player option.