It’s a good news-bad news thing with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.
First, the bad news: Irving, who dropped 27 points in an overtime loss to the Pelicans on Tuesday, will miss Thursday’s game against the Sixers due to shoulder soreness.
“He is sore, and has been, so hopefully he can get to feeling better sooner rather than later,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “‘Sore’ is the diagnosis I was given.”
This seems like a more day-to-day issue than anything else, and Irving himself said that the MRI came back negative and that he hopes to be back in action as soon as Sunday against the Magic, but you can expect the C’s to be as careful as they can be.
“[Doctors] feel like they’ve evaluated him pretty thoroughly, but I don’t know what a timeline would be,” admitted Stevens.
Now, the good news: the 25-year-old Irving, averaging 24.1 points and five assists per game for the C’s this season, has been named the starting point guard for the Eastern Conference in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
“I am truly appreciative of the fans of the NBA and the Boston Celtics for voting me in to this year’s All-Star Game as a starter,” said Irving. “I am super proud that I can represent the Celtics in LA and looking forward to putting on a show.”
Irving with joins ex-teammate LeBron James, Philly’s Joel Embiid, Toronto’s Demar Derozan, and the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo as starters.
This is the fifth All-Star selection of Irving’s NBA career.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog