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Stevens: Shane Larkin to start in Kyrie Irving’s place vs Bulls

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Shane Larkin to get his first start of the season with Irving out with a sore knee

NBA: Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Stevens told reporters Monday night before the Celtics’ game in Chicago that Shane Larkin will start with Kyrie Irving sidelined with left knee soreness.

This will be Larkin’s first start for the Celtics after coming in from Spain this past summer. Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart were the expected candidates to start in Irving’s place, but Stevens does not want to break up a second unit that scored 67 points in Houston Saturday night.

Stevens also said that he does not expect Irving’s knee issues to be long term, but that it could certainly last through this week. Boston plays Minnesota on Thursday and then Indiana on Sunday before hosting Washington next Wednesday, so Irving won’t miss a substantial amount of games as he gets his knee right.

The Celtics and Bulls tip off at 8 p.m. EST in Chicago.