Irving expected to be day-to-day with knee injury

Irving expected to be day-to-day with knee injury

Irving suffered the injury with about five minutes left in the second quarter of Saturday's matchup. 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 behind a risky new lineup. The Celtics led the Clippers 74-53 going into halftime, however, Los Angeles mounted a rally in the second half to pull off a stunning comeback to win 123-111 at TD Garden. 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.

"There's no excuses", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said when asked how much of the loss can be attributed to Irving's injury. "Those things happen and we all have to pick up for that".

"It's not fun when we're not playing the right way", added forward Al Horford.

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Especially early on in the season, we saw multiple players struggle. "I look at all these other teams and guys are moving the ball, guys are helping each other out on defence... when I look at this team I don't see that". "Guys are hanging their heads ... it's not fun". We're not competing at a high level. Even though we're winning, it's still not fun. I just don't see the joy in the game. He said if a move to the bench helped the team, he'd be all for it.

"For us to be a championship team, man, this (crap) has to change", he said.

Irving, who helped Cleveland win the 2016 National Basketball Association title before being traded to Boston in 2017, helped the United States group of National Basketball Association stars to 2016 Rio Olympic gold. Whatever it 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. The Celtics haven't played since Saturday and they are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings, but I think the 76ers are a team on the rise and they will prove that with a statement win at home in this one. 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. So, at the end of the day, man - it's unacceptable what we did tonight.

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