The Boston Celtics and their fans can breathe easy knowing that Kyrie Irving’s knee sprain is not serious. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the star is day-to-day.
Kyrie Irving’s right knee sprain isn’t serious and expected to be day-to-day on a return, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2019
The injury happened during the second quarter of Saturday’s loss against the Los Angeles Clippers. Irving was playing defense and his knee ‘buckled‘ while trying to fight through a screen. It required an MRI, but things came out looking about as good as they could given the situation.
It seemed the team fell apart without him on the floor. They wound up not only blowing a 28 point lead, but losing by double digits.
This might have caused some flashbacks to last season when Irving was forced to miss the end of the season due to surgery on his left knee. He had to get screws removed that were placed there two years earlier.
With only two games left before the All-Star break, the Celtics may opt to stay with Terry Rozier. That would give Irving rest and ensure he doesn’t hurt it any worse.
The Celtics currently sit in fifth place, 6.5 games back in the Eastern Conference. With the next closest team 6.5 games behind them, they can afford to sit Irving for a couple games. There is no real threat to their playoff hopes right now.
Irving needs to take care of his knee the best he can. Problems in that area can derail careers in a big way, just like they did for Derrick Rose. Even though this is not a serious injury, Irving has now had injuries to both knees and that could be cause for concern moving forward.