The Celtics will be without Kyrie Irving for the second straight game on Friday night in an ESPN matchup with the Mavericks after the point guard was ruled out by the team on Thursday for eye inflammation following a shot to the face by Marco Belinelli on Monday. Brad Stevens did not expect a lengthy absence for the guard when speaking about the injury on Wednesday, so his odds of returning on Monday against the Nets appear strong.
That's not the only bad news the C's got on the injury front for Friday though as Marcus Morris (neck) and Robert Williams (groin) were both listed as questionable. Marcus Smart was not on the report after taking a shot to his shoulder during Wednesday's win over the Wolves. The presence of Williams would be a big boost to Boston's bench against high flying center DeAndre Jordan with Al Horford facing a minutes limit.