The All-Star Game has become a highlight reel of thunderous dunks and three-point bombs, but for Kyrie Irving, his sixth time to the mid-season classic was an uneventful trip to Charlotte. And that’s exactly what the star and his team hoped for.
After missing the last two games heading into the break to a sprained knee, there was some question as to whether or not Irving would participate in Sunday’s showcase. But after coaching the Special Olympics Unified Game and the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night and feeling good enough to participate in the All Star Game, Irving turned in a ho-hum performance as a starter for Team LeBron in a 178-164 win.
Irving fjnished with 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in just under 25 minutes of action.
More importantly, Kyrie looked good on his injured knee and providedly some detail to when and how it was injured:
Kyrie said he actually injured his rt knee in loss to #Lakers; "that hit that I took in the #Lakers game, really tightened up my (thigh tendon) and then my knee buckled in a way and I’m just thankful the strength in my quad caught it and it could have been a lot worse.” #Celtics— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) February 18, 2019
Kyrie said his knee is fine: “It felt great. Like I said I missed (playing). I don’t ever want to take games off. But when it happens to do with my body and the investment that I put in, I’m just glad it’s at a high level.” #Celtics #NBAAllStar— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) February 18, 2019
Kyrie Irving and the Celtics return to the court on Thursday in Milwaukee.