The Boston Celtics announced on Monday that point guard Kyrie Irving will get the night off when the team travels to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. The team labeled a left hip strain as the reason for his off day, the same injury that caused him to miss two games following Boston’s loss to the Golden State Warriors. This will be Irving’s fourth absence over the last seven games. The 26-year-old had 30 points and 11 assists on Sunday in a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
#NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs. Cleveland:— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 4, 2019
Aron Baynes (left foot contusion) - OUT
Kyrie Irving (left hip strain) - OUT
Robert Williams (low back soreness) - QUESTIONABLE
Aron Baynes remains out with a left foot contusion. Before Sunday’s win over the Thunder, the Australian center said that he’ll sit out up until the all-star break and then reassess from there. Baynes received an MRI on Saturday after the injury had been nagging at him for a few weeks.
Speaking of big men, the Celtics recalled rookie Robert Williams from the Maine Red Claws on Monday morning, shortly before announced that he’s listed as questionable for the team’s matchup with the Cavaliers with lower back soreness.
Expect Terry Rozier to get the start once again in place of Irving. The third year guard has done a nice job filling in for Irving, dropping 17 points and 10 assists in his last spot-start.
The Celtics and Cavaliers tip off from Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM EST.