Kyrie Irving day-to-day with strained right knee

Marcin Gortat

Marcin Gortat

Irving, who's dealt with knee problems before, doesn't appear to have a serious injury on his hands.

The Celtics back-to-back blown 20-point leads certainly calls for some self-reflection upon the team as they fall to the No. 5 seed in the East at 35-21, 6.5 games back from first place where most people expected them to be at this point in the season.

Then Doc Rivers and his Los Angeles Clippers came to town and turned a 28-point deficit into a 123-112 win, shocking the Boston Celtics-to the point where internal issues are bubbling over. They outscored the Celtics 75-44 after Irving departed.

That's good news for a Celtics team that has struggled to close out games in recent days, losing back-to-back home contests against Los Angeles' NBA franchises.

The Celtics are set to take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

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Kyrie finished with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting, two assists, and a rebound.

But Stevens said the injury wasn't to blame for his team's collapse.

The Celtics may yet make an addition on the buyout market - perhaps Marcus Morris' twin Markieff or Enes Kanter - but they can not afford to lose Irving for an extended period of time. As a team, the Celtics shot 48 percent from the field and 16 of 38 from the 3-point line as they dominated early to lead by as many as 18 points in the second quarter, but the Lakers fought back with 42 points in the third quarter before stealing the game at the buzzer.

"For us to be a championship team, man, this s-- has to change", he said. "We have to genuinely want to win".

I'm trying to win and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to win... If you want to take me out the lineup and get some juice in it, I'm with it. This is what we're going with. So, at the end of the day, man - it's unacceptable what we did tonight. "It's unacceptable for what we did with a team of our caliber".

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