BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving stated he wasn’t involved after tweaking his right shoulder late in Boston’s 128-100 victory over the New York Knicks.
Kyrie Irving scored 22 factors earlier than leaving the sport within the last minutes nursing his right shoulder, Al Horford had 19 factors and 12 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics coasted previous the New York Knicks 128-100 on Thursday evening.
Irving left Thursday evening’s recreation with Three:34 left within the fourth quarter and the end result already determined after getting twisted up. He had ice placed on the shoulder whereas he watched from the bench, and did his tv walk-off interview with it nonetheless on, however had nothing on the shoulder within the locker room, and stated he’d be effective.
“It was only a bizarre play on the finish of the sport,” Irving stated. “I do not know. It is like I obtained caught up as I used to be attempting to get the ball out and go it to Marcus for a Three. It simply caught me bizarre on my shoulder. So it is in all probability an AC joint or one thing like that. I am not diagnosing myself, I am fairly positive. I noticed the medical doctors afterward and so they stated AC joint or one thing happening there, however I will be all right.”
Irving continued his scorching taking pictures over the previous a number of weeks, scoring 22 factors on 9-for-15 taking pictures (and Three-for-6 from Three-point vary). Since Nov. 1, Irving is averaging 24.eight factors whereas taking pictures 50.5 % from the sphere and 41.9 % from Three.
After dropping right here to the lowly Knicks two weeks in the past, Irving stated he and the Celtics have been completely happy to not solely actual some stage of revenge however proceed the momentum they’ve constructed over what now’s a four-game profitable streak.
“We simply had enjoyable kicking folks’s ass,” Irving stated. “We must always, we actually ought to. And it must be … competitors in itself, it ought to convey the perfect out of you. And the best way you convey the perfect out of your opponent is you play at a sure stage the place they both match it or they exceed it or they do not do something in any respect and so they simply quit.”
Celtics heart Aron Baynes, in the meantime, exited the sport after simply two minutes due to a sprained left ankle, and did not return. After the sport, although, Baynes walked out of the world with no limp or any form of boot, and stated he felt effective — which was exactly what Celtics coach Brad Stevens anticipated him to say.
“In typical Baynes trend, he’ll do Three-on-Three drills tomorrow after he does full-court sprints and runs a marathon after which he’ll prepare for the flight, then he’ll play on Saturday,” Stevens stated with a smile, and tongue planted firmly in cheek. “However I do not know if the medical doctors agree with that, so we’ll see.”