Kyrie Irving injury update: Celtics star says knee is healthy, will play in NBA All-Star Game

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving will play in the All-Star Game despite a minor knee sprain. 

He suffered the injury during the Celtics' loss to the Clippers last Saturday night and was unable to suit up in either of the Celtics' two games during the week. 

His teammates picked up the slack, though, as they took care of the 76ers on the road, then crushed the Pistons at home to get back on track after blowing two big leads in a row to the Lakers and Clippers. 

After Irving sat out both of those games, there was doubt about whether he'd be ready to go in the All-Star Game, but he appears to be healthy. And that's good news for the Celtics. 

With just a few minutes remaining in the second quarter against the Clippers, Irving was guarding Garrett Temple -- who was making his Clippers debut after arriving in a deadline day trade from the Memphis Grizzlies -- and tried to follow him around a maze of screens. As Irving tried to avoid one set by Ivica Zubac -- also making his Clippers debut -- he took a bit of an awkward step and came up hobbling. 

Irving immediately left the floor and made his way to the locker room. A short time later, the team announced he would not return to the game due to a sprained knee, and they've subsequently stated that the injury is not serious.

While this particular strain wasn't that large of a concern, it's no surprise that Irving missed a few games. The Celtics were understandably going to be cautious with their All-Star guard, especially considering he had missed four out of eight games heading into last Saturday night with a hip injury. 

Plus, of course, Irving missed the end of last season due to a knee injury that required multiple surgeries. The good news in that regard is that Irving underwent surgery on his left knee, while this new strain is in his right knee. 

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