It ain’t cold feet, though this might give Celtics doubts on their Kyrie Irving ‘engagement.’
Irving sprained his right knee while weaving through traffic during the second quarter of Saturday’s game against the Clippers, and was declared out for the night. Deep breath, Boston fans: It’s not the same knee that cost Irving all of last year’s postseason.
Irving had 14 points in 14 minutes before leaving the game. Boston blew a 28-point lead in the 123-112 loss to the Clippers.
“His knee buckled a little bit in the second quarter, and so that’s all I know,” coach Brad Stevens said afterward.
Irving is expected to undergo more tests on Sunday.
The misfortune comes on the heels of Danny Ainge’s peculiar comments regarding the Celtics’ relationship with their superstar — who can opt out of his current deal and test free agency, where the Knicks, among other teams, will likely be waiting.
“The way I viewed the situation is that I think a lot of people, because of Kyrie’s announcement at the beginning of the year, thought that it was a marriage,” Ainge recently told a Boston radio show. “And I think that it’s more like an engagement. And we’re going to get married on July 1.”
That collided with what Irving told reporters at Madison Square Garden earlier this month.
“I’ve spent the last eight years trying to do what everybody else wanted me to do in terms of making my decisions and trying to validate through the media, through other personnel, managers, anybody in this business and I don’t owe anybody s–t,” Irving said. “So for me I think that the confidence that I have in myself and my abilities, I want to be able to control what I want to control.”
This injury, if severe, could complicate matters further.
— With The Associated Press