The Boston Celtics will be sweating on the fitness of big man Aron Baynes and Kyrie Irving after the pair picked up injuries during their 128-100 win over the New York Knicks.
Baynes suffered a left ankle sprain after landing awkwardly on Kevin Knox's foot as he went up for a rebound and. He went straight to the lcoker room with 1:51 left in the first quarter and did not return.
Aron Baynes just left the game after twisting his ankle on this play @AAANe_MAnews) #AAANortheast pic.twitter.com/ts9mESnm8c- Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) December 7, 2018
Coach Brad Stevens didn't provide an update on the severity of the injury post-game, but light-heartedly suggested Baynes would likely fight through the pain to play in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bulls.
"In typical Baynes fashion, he'll do 3-on-3 drills tomorrow after he does full-court sprints and runs a marathon and then he'll get ready for the flight, then he'll play on Saturday, " Stevens said via Tom Forsberg of NBCSBoston
"But I don't know if the doctors agree with that, so we'll see."
Kyrie Irving will also be closely monitored after he went to the bench, appearing to have hurt his shoulder with a few minutes remaining in the game.
Kyrie Irving ices shoulder pic.twitter.com/sgtt7OjsLa- 3030 (@jose3030) December 7, 2018
"I think he got hit," Stevens said. "He didn't seem too concerned about it," But he'll get looked over obviously as usual."
Irving was attended to by the doctor briefly, but the Celtics point guard didn't seem too fazed by the injury.
"It just was a weird play at the end of the game," he said. "I got caught up when I tried to pass the ball to Marcus and it felt weird, like an AC Joint or something. I'm not going to try to diagnose myself...but I'll be alright.
Irving finished with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting as the Celtics won their fourth-straight game.