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Kyrie Irving (knee) to play Thursday at Timberwolves

After sitting out Boston’s blowout win, Irving will return to take on Minnesota

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

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, who missed Monday’s blowout win in Chicago with left knee soreness, said that he will play in Minnesota on Thursday night.

Brad Stevens told reporters Monday that there was a possibility that Irving’s rest could last for the remainder of the week, but it appears Irving just needed a few days off before returning to action.

The Celtics have been rolling offensively since returning from the All Star break, winning five of their last six games including three blowout wins. With Irving back, the Celtics should have a fully healthy squad minus Gordon Hayward for a stretch where they play three consecutive playoff contenders (MIN, IND, WAS).

The Celtics and Timberwolves tip off Thursday at 8 p.m. EST in a nationally televised matchup between teams missing their primary wing scorers (Butler, Hayward).

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