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SportCeltics' Kyrie Irving to rest against Cavs, his former team

20:05  26 march  2019
20:05  26 march  2019 Source:   ap.org

Celtics laid low vs. Clippers in finale of West Coast trip

Celtics laid low vs. Clippers in finale of West Coast trip LOS ANGELES — Before the Celtics faced the Clippers on Monday, coach Brad Stevens thought back to the other meeting between these teams that occurred in Boston just over one month ago. “We played an excellent 17-minute game,” Stevens said. “Unfortunately, the last 31 minutes happened.” On that night, the Clippers surged back from a 28-point deficit before grabbing a comfortable 11-point win. The only major difference in Monday’s rematch was that this comfortable win by the Clippers required no comeback.

Celtics' Kyrie Irving to rest against Cavs, his former team © GI BOSTON, MA - MARCH 24: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics gives a thumbs up during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at TD Garden on March 24, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Boston Celtics will rest star guard Kyrie Irving against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving is averaging 23.8 points and the Celtics want to keep him as fresh as possible going into the postseason.

The Celtics have lost four straight and are fifth in the Eastern Conference entering Tuesday night's game in Cleveland.

Irving played his first six seasons with Cleveland. The six-time All-Star demanded a trade following the 2016-17 season and was dealt to Boston. He hasn't played in Cleveland since the 2017-18 opener.

Irving has triple-double, Celtics beat Kings 126-120

Irving has triple-double, Celtics beat Kings 126-120 Aaron Gordon scored 21 points, D.J. Augustin added 20 points and seven assists and Orlando routed Cleveland.Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic. They won for only the second time in six games while chasing the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Collin Sexton scored 23 points for Cleveland. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports© The Associated Press Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) celebrates near the end of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Boston.

Celtics center Al Horford (sore left knee) and forward Jayson Tatum (back contusion) could return Tuesday. Coach Brad Stevens said both were ''questionable to probable'' at the team's shootaround.

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