Knee sprain not serious for Celtics' Irving

Avery Bradley

The Celtics seemed to take little issue with Marcus Morris's recent postgame comments that "it hasn't been fun for a long time" in Boston.

The Celtics are coming off a 123-112 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday after falling to the Lakers two days earlier 129-128 on a game-winning shot from former C's point guard Rajon Rondo.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Kyrie Irving's right knee sprain isn't serious and expected to be day-to-day. Boston had almost ended Cleveland's four-year reign atop the East without an injured Kyrie Irving, despite getting five minutes from the first year of the max contract of Gordon Hayward, who suffered a horrific leg injury in the team's season-opener.

Irving, who was named to his sixth career All-Star Game, is averaging 22.1 points, 5.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 47 games this season. And the Celtics will be without Kyrie Irving when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers (36-20), who are listed as 5.5-point home favorites on the National Basketball Association odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com behind a unsafe new lineup. They improved to 2-0 straight up and against the spread with Harris in the lineup, also defeating the Denver Nuggets 117-110 Friday night as 6.5-point home favorites in his debut with the team.

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"I did a poor job of setting an example for these young guys what it's like to get something out of your teammates", Irving said afterward.

When Morris was asked about what has to change he started with the way the Celtics' carry themselves, "we're going to lose games but we don't have no attitude, we don't have no toughness". "And when I look at us, I just see a bunch of individuals". The Lakers and Clippers are two of the teams most closely tied to Irving, so it can't help that the Celtics lost to them while he's still playing on the Celtics. Whatever it takes, I'm with it. "Eight years I've been in the league, I never even thought I could win a championship with the teams I was on". But a run to the Finals has only gotten tougher, with Toronto, Philadelphia and Milwaukee all loading up at the trade deadline, while Boston was quiet.

"This is the team we're rocking with. It's unacceptable for what we did with a team of our caliber".

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