Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has confirmed that he will miss Monday night's clash with the Brooklyn Nets due to a contusion in his right quad. But he plans to suit up against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.
The player sustained the injury whilst playing the Orlando Magic on Saturday night, coming down awkwardly on a play involving Aaron Gordon, and he has revealed that no testing was done as a result.
“I’m just glad I do enough work on my legs, honestly,” he said, per MassLive.com. “It could have been bad.”
#NEBHInjuryReport: Kyrie Irving (right quad contusion) confirms that he will not play tonight, but will be back for Wednesday’s matchup with Toronto.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 14, 2019
“It’s literally a tight-a** knot in my right quad. I’m probably going to need some dry-needling to get that spot out, but other than that take this one out and play against the Raptors.”
Dry needling is a procedure similar to acupuncture in which needles are inserted into a problematic area but no medicine or fluids are pumped into the flesh. Physiotherapists use the treatment to relieve pain in areas that are difficult to massage.
Irving has missed two of the Celtics' last eight games and Monday's sidelining will be his fifth of the season.
Meanwhile, the Celtics have also announced that Marcus Smart is ill and will also miss the game against Brooklyn at the Barclays Center on Monday.
#NEBHInjuryReport Marcus Smart will also be unavailable tonight due to an illness.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 14, 2019
What This Means
The Celtics have lost their last two games and having both Irving and Smart out will leave them with a lot more work to do against the Nets.
Terry Rozier should be the player who starts in Irving's place, but it's unclear who will step up in Smart's absence. Brad Stevens has Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward as options, with Hayward's ball-handling ability making him a favorite, while Brad Wanamaker could be called upon to help out too.