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Kyrie Irving (rib) and Gordon Hayward (lower back) to miss preseason finale in Cleveland

Spirited practices have left Irving with some minor bruises, and Hayward is banged up as well.

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Steve Bulpett reported on Thursday that Kyrie Irving will miss Saturday’s trip to Cleveland for the conclusion of the Boston Celtics’ preseason slate of games.

Irving was declared a healthy scratch from Tuesday night’s game in Boston against Cleveland for rest, so this rib soreness appears to be a new development. In his stead, Terry Rozier started alongside Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford, with the latter four not playing in the second half.

Jay King added a quote from Irving that suggests the origin of the hits:

There’s a lot of positive here. For one, resident team tough guy, Aron Baynes, continues to be tough. Another positive: Kyrie Irving isn’t worried about his ribs. This is good news in regards to his status for the season opener on Tuesday, October 16th. He added that “our practices have been awesome” which should be good news for fans who were disappointed with the team’s lackluster performance in their last matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Additionally, Gordon Hayward will also miss Saturday’s matchup with the Cavs.

It’s preseason, so if there’s ever a time to take it easy, now is that time. For a team that held the moniker, “Hospital Celtics” last season, caution is the wise course of action.

The Celtics are currently 1-2 in the preseason. Tonight at the TD Garden, they’ll hold a Season Ticket Holder’s FanFest before heading to Cleveland to take another crack at the Cavaliers on Saturday.

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