The Boston Celtics announced on Thursday afternoon that guard Kyrie Irving will miss Friday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks due to eye inflammation. Irving missed Wednesday night’s win over the Timberwolves as well.
#NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs. Dallas:— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 3, 2019
Aron Baynes (left fourth metacarpal fracture) - OUT
Kyrie Irving (eye inflammation) - OUT
Marcus Morris Sr (neck strain) - QUESTIONABLE
Rob Williams (left groin strain) - QUESTIONABLE
Brad Stevens said on Wednesday night that Irving’s right eye, which was scratched earlier this week by Spurs’ wing Marco Belinelli, was doing better, but his left eye was inflamed. The Celtics head coach reiterated that there is no longterm concern, but it may take a few games for Irving to recover as he takes antibiotics for treatment.
Marcus Morris is listed as questionable after leaving Wednesday’s win with a neck injury. Stevens said during his postgame press conference that Morris was in some pain after the game, which Morris confirmed during his postgame availability. The Celtics forward said he was pretty sore and felt like he had a crick in his neck, as he turned his entire upper body to answer questions. Morris said he hoped to simply feel better upon waking up on Thursday, but it appears his status is still up in the air.
Rookie Robert Williams is also listed as questionable with a left groin strain. The Texas A&M product has been inactive for the previous four games, but was seen going through his pregame routine last night at TD Garden without any noticeable issues. Boston could certainly benefit from Williams’ return, as Aron Baynes remains sidelined with a metacarpal fracture.
Marcus Smart was not included on the team’s injury report after straining his shoulder on Wednesday night.
The Celtics and Mavericks tip off from TD Garden on Friday night at 8:00 PM EST.