Celtics

Kyrie Irving is day-to-day after being diagnosed with right knee sprain

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The Celtics lost Kyrie Irving to a knee injury on Saturday night in the midst of a 28-point blown lead to the Clippers. However, it does not appear the All-Star will be sidelined for long after the team announced Irving had been diagnosed with a sprained right knee late Sunday after undergoing an MRI earlier in the day. He is day-to-day heading into the team's matchup against the Sixers on Tuesday night.

Irving suffered the injury midway through the second quarter on Saturday night after colliding with Clippers center Ivica Zubac will attempting to get around a screen. Irving played through the injury for about a minute before heading to the locker room with trainers. He was ruled out for the game shortly afterwards.

The Celtics have just two games remaining before the All-Star break (vs. Philadelphia, @ Detroit), so it's unclear whether Irving will be back for those or whether the team will opt to keep the 26-year-old rested for two weeks entering the second half of the season. Given the magnitude of Tuesday's game, I'd expect Irving to fight to play as a win would clinch the season series for Boston. The Sixers are 2-0 since adding Tobias Harris to the mix just ahead of the trade deadline last week.

Boston is 6-2 in games played without Irving this year, with both losses coming on the road (in Brooklyn and Utah).