Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the loss Saturday night that Irving's right knee appeared to "buckle" in the second quarter while attempting to defend LA's Garrett Temple at the top of the key and that the 26-year-old All-Star will undergo more tests Sunday. As a team, the Clippers shot just 43 percent from the field and six of 17 from the 3-point line, but with the recent trade of their leading scorer in Tobias Harris, the team came out flat and were always trailing after falling behind by 71-53 going into halftime.
Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving suffered a knee sprain in Saturday night's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The four Eastern Conference teams ahead of the Celtics made major upgrades at or after the trade deadline: Nikola Mirotic for the Milwaukee Bucks, Marc Gasol for the Toronto Raptors, Wes Matthews for the Indiana Pacers and Tobias Harris for the Philadelphia 76ers. The Clippers, however, began chipping away at the lead, and somehow, they emerged victorious 123-112, holding the shell-shocked Celtics to just 12 points in the third quarter. They have won 10 of their last 12 games, with their two losses during that stretch coming in close games to the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers. Kyrie Irving led the team with 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists including a clutch go-ahead basket late in the game.More news: Gaza: Israeli Snipers Kill 2 Protesters, Including Child
With their heads turned down, it was veteran forward Marcus Morris who gave his teammates a dose of reality after the game - his comments doting on a lack of "joy" and "team play".
But Stevens said the injury wasn't to blame for his team's collapse. "We have to genuinely want to win". Whatever that takes, I'm with it. If you want to take me out of the lineup and get some juice in it, I'm with it.More news: Toyota reveals Rav4 TRD 'Off-Road' model
"For us to be a championship team, man, this s-- has to change", he said. "I'm trying to win". "It's unacceptable what we did tonight for a team of our caliber".More news: Ariana Grande Tweets & Deletes Her Fury Over The Grammys Snubbing Mac Miller