BOSTON – Kyrie Irving and Aron Baynes will both spend time with the Boston Celtics’ medical staff after the Celtics’ 128-100 win over the Knicks Thursday.
Baynes is the larger concern. He suffered a first quarter ankle sprain and didn’t return. Irving had a shoulder collision in the fourth quarter that didn’t appear serious.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Baynes’ self-assessment of his medical condition might differ from the doctor’s.
“In typical Baynes fashion, he said he’ll do three-on-three drills tomorrow after he does fullcourt sprints and runs a marathon and he’ll be ready for the flight and will play on Saturday,” Stevens said. “I don’t know if our doctors will agree with that, but we’ll see. Baynes thinks he can play through anything.”
Stevens said Irving would be checked as a precaution.
“I think he got hit. He didn’t seem too concerned about it,” But he’ll get looked over obviously as usual.”
Irving saw the doctor briefly after the game.
“It’s the AC joint. I’m not diagnosing myself. I’m pretty sure. I saw the doctor afterwards, and he said A.C. joint,” Irving said. “I’ll be all right.”
Irving finished with 22 points and eight assists in 30 minutes. The Celtics are at Chicago, Saturday.