Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving could possibly sit out more games after missing his side's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
The five-time NBA All-Star is suffering from an eye irritation after getting swatted in the face by San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Marco Belinelli during the fourth quarter of Boston's 120-11 away loss on Monday.
Irving was made to spend four minutes in the Celtics' locker room after the unfortunate incident and was initially listed as questionable against the Timberwolves on Wednesday. He ultimately missed out on the win, with head coach Brad Stevens revealing that he could remain sidelined for more games.
“He got swiped across the face,” Stevens said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak and Bertrand (h/t Boston.com) ahead of Wednesday night's win.
“It was a unique deal because it got both eyes. The right eye was the initial concern with the corneal abrasion. The left eye had some inflammation [Wednesday], so he was feeling good. We watched film for an hour and a half in my office [Tuesday], and he was wearing sunglasses. He’s not doing so hot once he takes those sunglasses off.”
Stevens also said that the superstar point guard will be re-evaluated for Boston's match against the Dallas Mavericks this Friday.
Irving is Boston's leading scorer this season and has averaged 23.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.6 assists per contest for the side over the span of 34 games. The guard is shooting a healthy 48.8 percent from the field and has knocked down 41 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
What This Means
It is not clear how long Irving will sit out, but there should be some more news coming out of Boston ahead of Friday's clash with the Mavs.
Meanwhile, Gordon Hayward stepped up in the guard's absence on Wednesday, recording a 35-point night against a decent defense; and Stevens will need him to carry on in that vein if Irving remains sidelined for the next few games.