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Kyrie Irving of Boston Celtics exits with knee sprain

10 February 2019

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.

Adding insult to injury - or maybe injury to insult - the Celtics lost Kyrie Irving to a right knee sprain in the second quarter, and the All-Star point guard did not return.

One game after the Lakers rallied from 18 points down to win in Boston on Rajon Rondo's buzzer-beater - and six days after the Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl - the Clippers turned the "Beat L.A.! chants" to boos. 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. Their primary justification for trading Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers wasn't missing the playoffs, but doing so would indeed be helpful given the team's imminent pursuit of Anthony Davis this summer.

Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (7) defends against Los Angeles Clippers' Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. Kyrie Irving led the team with 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists including a clutch go-ahead basket late in the game.

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"We had yesterday's practice and today's shootaround so we were able to put a couple of things in", coach Doc Rivers said.

Stevens also said Irving's knee appeared to "buckle" and he expects more tests to be run.

Kyrie Irving of Boston Celtics exits with knee sprain