Allstar point guard Kyrie Irving left the Celtics‘ game Saturday night in the LA Clippers at Boston with the perfect knee sprain and failed to return.
The Celtics were in charge of the game when Irving hurt the knee with about five minutes left in the next quarter when attempting to shield Garrett Temple at the top of the key.
After Irving left the game, returning to 28 points to win 123-112 the Clippers outscored the Celtics 75-44.
It was the greatest comeback in the largest in Clippers history and the NBA at the last two seasons. It was the greatest blown lead by a Celtics squad since Dec. 5, 2003.
Two nights earlier, Boston Quit an 18-point lead to the LosAngeles Lakers at TD Garden.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Irving’s knee appeared to”buckle” and that the 26-year-old will undergo more tests on it Sunday.
But Stevens said the injury was not the culprit for the collapse of his team.
“There’s no excuses,” Stevens told NBC Sports Boston. “These things happen and we all have to pick up for that. So I’ll go back and figure out what I could do , what we are able to do , and we’ll move from there.”