Celtics guard Kyrie Irving won't play against Knicks with bruised quad

Celtics guard Kyrie Irving won't play against Knicks with bruised quad

The Celtics have struggled to score without Kyrie Irving all season. On Wednesday night against the Knicks, they’ll try to win without him at all.

The team announced that Irving will miss the game due to a bruised quad that he suffered in Monday’s victory over the Nuggets after colliding with guard Jamal Murray. Irving remained in the game to score 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting, but the injury stiffened and he’ll be out.

“I wanted a flag thrown on the play for targeting,” Irving told reporters, including Brian Robb of Boston Sports Journal. “I really did. He came out and he showed a little bit, and he caught me right in that sweet spot in the middle of my quad. It’ll be bruised for a little bit but who cares.”

The Celtics are 1-2 without Irving this season. They beat the Raptors by a point during their 16-game winning streak, then got blown out by the Bulls before dropping a nine-point decision to the Sixers.

The C’s will also be without guard Marcus Smart, who continues to recover from a lacerated hand. Most of the ball-handling needs will likely fall to Terry Rozier, who is himself nursing a sprained ankle, or Shane Larkin, who missed Monday’s game with a sore right knee.

The visiting Knicks have won two straight after dropping 10 of 13.

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