Kyrie Irving out vs. Cavs due to load management
With the playoffs drawing nearer and nearer, the Boston Celtics seem more focused on making sure their top guys are healthy more than anything else.
On the season, Irving is averaging 23.8 points, 7.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals over 33.1 minutes per game while shooting 49 percent from the floor, 39.8 percent from three-point range and 86.7 percent from the free-throw line, making the All-Star team as a result.
The 26-year-old is in his second season with the Celtics after coming over in a trade with the Cavaliers during the summer of 2017. He made the All-Star team during his first year in Boston, but played in just 62 games and missed the playoffs as a result of an infection in his knee that would ultimately require surgery.
Irving, who played his collegiate basketball at Duke University, was originally selected by Cleveland with the first overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft.
He went on to win the Rookie of the Year award in his first season, and by his second year in the league, he was already an All-Star.
Overall, Irving has made six All-Star appearances, and in 2016, he helped lead the Cavs to their first NBA championship, hitting a legendary go-ahead three-pointer in Game 7 of those finals against the Golden State Warriors.