Kyrie Irving May Be Taking Some Time Off With Sore Knee


"So I'm going to take the necessary time".

"If he doesn't feel 100 percent", Stevens said, "then we need to have him sit". Boston was already without the services of All-Star center Al Horford (illness) and shooting guard Jaylen Brown due to his concussion sustained earlier this week in a scary fall against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"I'm not concerned. Where we are in the season, I'm pretty comfortable", Irving said.

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Myles Turner added 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Celtics were left short-handed.

"Obviously, it was a tough situation for our team", said the Celtics coach.

The Celtics, who led by as many as 12 points and headed into halftime with a 50-40 lead over the Pacers, simply could not keep up in the second half during Irving's absence and fell 99-97 at home.

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Boston inbounded the ball to Rozier, who took a long 2-pointer that bounced off the near side of the rim.

Daniel Theis hobbled off the floor late in the Boston Celtics' 99-97 loss to the Indiana Pacers Sunday, after banging knees with Indiana's Cory Joseph setting a screen. "We were just trying to figure out ways to keep ourselves in it".

"I don't think it's anything serious, but we want Kyrie healthy and fresh", Ainge told the "Toucher and Rich" program. Everyone followed his lead, including 16 points and six rebounds off the bench from Rozier, and a nine-point fourth from Tatum.

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Oladipo was held to three points with two minutes left in the first half, but had 20 by the end of three quarters on his way to 27 for the night.

IN quickly erased a 10-point halftime deficit, scoring 11 straight points: back-to-back 3-pointers from Bojan Bogdanovich and Joseph, and then five points in a row from Oladipo, to take a 60-57 lead. IN went ahead by as many as nine, and had a 93-76 lead with 2:13 to play before Boston rallied to tie 95-all with 37 seconds left. The Pacers went back up four before the Celtics fought back once more to give themselves a chance to pull it out at the buzzer. "We have some guys that are really competitive and they'll do anything to really put a "W" in the column".

"Obviously, it was a tough situation for our team", Stevens said.

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