Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving missed Monday’s game against the Nets because of a strained left hip, but coach Brad Stevens said the injury is not believed to be serious and that Irving is day to day.
Stevens said Irving suffered the injury when he fell during the first quarter of Boston’s loss to Golden State on Saturday night. He played the rest of that game without issue and was not listed on the team’s injury report on Sunday. But Stevens said Irving was sore when he woke up on Monday morning, so the team is erring on the side of caution.
“He’s very open and candid when he’s not feeling great and we’re very alert to that, want to make sure that we prioritize not only the short term but obviously the long term,” Stevens said. “Especially with a guy that, we’re going to sit him 8 to 12 games anyway, so when he does have nicks and bruises it makes sense to sit him. Now, this one seems a little bit bigger than that. Again, I don’t anticipate it being long term but I don’t know about Wednesday [against the Hornets]. And Al [Horford] is the same way, and a number of our guys, we need to make sure that as much as we’re striving for today, that we keep the big picture in mind with those guys.”
Terry Rozier started in place of Irving against Brooklyn.